Premier Steven Marshall will today launch the first South Australian Government Aboriginal Affairs Action Plan.
Developed following engagement with Aboriginal community leaders and a coordinated across government effort, this plan will deliver positive and practical on-the-ground outcomes through 32 specific activities over the next two years.
Premier Marshall said that the action plan is focused on creating opportunities for Aboriginal employment and the establishment of more Aboriginal owned and operated businesses and improving the quality and cost efficiency of service delivery to Aboriginal South Australians.
“Today we are delivering on a plan which demonstrates the new government’s commitment to making a real improvement to the lives of Aboriginal South Australians,” Premier Marshall said.
“This plan provides opportunities for Aboriginal employment in decision-making and building the capacity of Aboriginal communities to manage their own affairs and engage effectively with government.
“Collaboratively, the government and Aboriginal communities will pilot new and innovative activities for implementation across the state. It will enable us to draw on each other’s strengths and expertise, to deliver culturally-appropriate and community-driven services and programs.
“I’m not one to pretend that government can solve all problems, but I do believe we can do much better in providing some achievable and measurable outcomes for our Aboriginal communities.
“There will be regular updates on our progress so that we can identify what is working and just as importantly, what isn’t working. This will provide a benchmark for continuous improvement in government policies and in the programs and services Aboriginal people and communities receive.
“I certainly believe that together, we can deliver a more positive and just society for all South Australians.
A copy of the Action Plan is available here: www.dpc.sa.gov.au/aboriginalaffairsactionplan