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Aboriginal Affairs Coordinating Committee

The Aboriginal Affairs Coordinating Committee (AACC) is legislated for under section 19 of the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972.  Under the Act "the function of the Committee is to coordinate effectively the activities of all persons and bodies, corporate or otherwise, providing or proposing to provide service and assistance in relation to persons of Aboriginal descent".

Committee membership comprises:

  • Mr Cliff Weeks, Department of Aboriginal Affairs (Chair)
  • Mr Peter Conran, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Mr Michael Barnes, Department of Treasury
  • Mr Tim Marney, Mental Health Commission
  • Ms Emma White, Department for Child Protection and Family Support
  • Mr James McMahon, Department of Corrective Services
  • Ms Sharyn O'Neill, Department of Education
  • Professor Bryant Stokes, Department of Health
  • Mr Grahame Searle, Department of Housing
  • Mr Ralph Addis, Department of Regional Development
  • Dr Ruth Shean, Department of Training and Workforce Development
  • Dr Karl O'Callaghan, WA Police
  • Ms Cheryl Gwilliam, Department of the Attorney General 
  • Mr Michael Hayden, Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council
  • Mr Ross Tomasini, Chief  Operating Officer

The Aboriginal Affairs Coordinating Committee (AACC) is the main coordinating body for Aboriginal affairs, programs, services and policies. The AACC and its member agencies form a key support role to the Aboriginal Affairs Cabinet Sub-Committee (AACSC) through the provision of high-level strategic policy development and advice. 

Following the establishment of the Aboriginal Affairs Cabinet Sub-committee (AACSC) in April 2013, the function of the AACC has been expanded to include five targeted issues based AACC Sub-committees tasked with assisting to solve key sector issues, deliver major reform and drive systematic and cultural change. 

Current AACC Sub-committees include:

  • Aboriginal Health and Mental Health
  • Aboriginal Education
  • Aboriginal Economic Development and Governance
  • Aboriginal Family, Youth and Children

Strategic activities and projects the AACC is currently coordinating include:

  • AACC Sub-committee priority projects.
  • AACC Priority Location projects.

Priority Locations:

A small number of metropolitan, regional and remote communities are identified as models to introduce sustainable improvement. Through the AACC Chief Operating Officer, the AACC will provide fast, effective response to key critical incidents involving Aboriginal people. The learnings from these models will provide the basis for delivering sustainable improvement state-wide.

Strategic Policy:

The AACC aims to make decisions to resolve long-standing systemic issues that prevent progress in achieving better outcomes for Aboriginal people. These issues will be addressed through the development of strategic policy responses that identify appropriate solutions.


Last modified: 05 May 2015
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