New framework for Indigenous Affairs
Portfolio: Indigenous Affairs
- DIA launches Strategic Framework 2012-2014
- Four areas of focus to drive better life outcomes for Aboriginal people
Indigenous Affairs Minister Peter Collier today launched a new operation and policy framework for the Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) designed to meet the contemporary needs of Aboriginal people.
Mr Collier said the Department of Indigenous Affairs Strategic Framework 2012-2014 was a statement of the State Government’s policy that focused on delivering better outcomes for Aboriginal people.
“The Liberal-National Government continues to be committed to an ongoing reform and refocus of DIA, to ensure it can meet its responsibilities as the lead State Government agency responsible for co-ordinating services for Aboriginal people now and into the future,” he said.
“This framework focuses on ensuring that opportunities for positive life outcomes are increased, and Aboriginal people receive maximum benefit of Government investment and share in the wealth of this State.”
The framework focuses on four priority areas that represent contemporary challenges confronting the Indigenous Affairs portfolio: Aboriginal Heritage, Aboriginal Land, Community Development and Accountable Government.
“With this framework in place, we will take significant steps toward addressing the problems within these four key priority areas over the next two years,” the Minister said.
DIA will focus on a range of key projects, including the divestment of Aboriginal land back to Aboriginal people, regulatory reform of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, and undertake a focus on governance and leadership training through partnerships and joint ventures.
The framework has received support from the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council; Aboriginal Lands Trust; Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee; and the Aboriginal Affairs Coordinating Committee.
The Department of Indigenous Affairs Strategic Framework 2012-2014 (PDF)