The Government is committed to delivering tangible on-the-ground outcomes, and is developing an Action Plan to create opportunities for Aboriginal jobs and to improve the quality and cost of service delivery to Aboriginal South Australians.

While a change in State Government policy direction means that the further Treaty negotiations will not be pursued, the Government will continue to work in partnership with Aboriginal communities.

For example, the Buthera Agreement with the Narungga Nation is providing capacity-building support for the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation to drive development, economic enterprise and collaborative engagement with government agencies on Guuranda (Yorke Peninsula).

The Agreement also includes social service strategies covering youth justice, housing, domestic violence, health, child protection and education and cultural studies, all of which are matters the Government will continue to tackle in partnership with the Narungga Nation.

Several activities in the Action Plan will also be place-based, enabling the Government to work in partnership with local Aboriginal Nations to pilot new and innovative activity, which, where successful, will provide a model for implementation across the State.

South Australian Treaty process

In February 2017, Dr Roger Thomas was appointed as Treaty Commissioner to lead initial discussions across the state.

Following the consultation, the Treaty Commissioner provided the previous government with a report, which set out key elements of a Treaty process at the state level.

South Australian Aboriginal groups were then invited to submit expressions of interest to enter into Treaty negotiations with the previous government. Negotiations took place with the Narungga, Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri Nations in late 2017 and early 2018.

Negotiations resulted in the Buthera Agreement with the Narungga Nation. No formal agreement was reached with the Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri Nations.

Given the State Government’s new policy direction in Aboriginal affairs, the role of Treaty Commissioner ceased in July 2018.

For more information

Email DPC-AAR@sa.gov.au
Phone 08 8226 8900
Fax 08 8226 8999