The second progress report shows many initiatives are improving the opportunities and services available to Aboriginal South Australians under the government’s Aboriginal Affairs Action Plan 2019-2020.

Completed actions include the delivery of the Aboriginal Education Strategy 2019-2029, the appointment of a Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, and successful implementation of the Department for Correctional Services’ Violence Prevention Program at the Mobilong Prison facility, with the next program scheduled for early 2020 at Port Augusta Prison.

Actions reported to be on track include:

  • Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation Report finalised and publicly released, and a key stakeholder curatorial working group is being formalised to define the scope and vision for the centre
  • Aboriginal Interpreter Service business model finalised and approved
  • Development of an Aboriginal Engagement Reform model to facilitate better engagement between the government and Aboriginal communities – the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement has undertaken state-wide consultation and has provided recommendations to the Premier
  • Ceduna Services Collaboration involves the development of an integrated service system, with funding now secured for a drug and alcohol/mental health outreach service, expected to commence in 2020
  • Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster Program – Apprenticeship and Traineeship Strategy - 46 Aboriginal people employed in traineeships to-date
  • One Stop Screening Shops for multiple cancer screening and chronic disease testing undertaken in two locations, with significant improvement in screening numbers.

Actions not on track include:

  • Multi-Agency Facility – Umuwa has experienced cost and site issues and these are currently being addressed
  • Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) – seven agencies have a current RAP and nine agencies are drafting new RAPs while  the South Australian Government RAP is about to be provided to Reconciliation Australia for review prior to finalisation
  • Community Transition and Learning Centre – this will not be developed on its original (Coober Pedy) site and an alternative location is being investigated
  • Aboriginal Arts Strategy - now scheduled for completion by December 2020.

Ultimately, the South Australian Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Action Plan 2019-2020 aims to:

  • Create opportunities for Aboriginal jobs and businesses
  • Improve the quality and the delivery of services to Aboriginal South Australians
  • Building strong and capable Aboriginal communities.

To find out more about the action plan and the progress of other initiatives, view the Action Plan page.