Reports and publications
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Aboriginal Heritage Due Diligence Guidelines
Published: April 2013
The purpose of these Guidelines is to assist land users to be more aware of how their activities could adversely impact an Aboriginal site. Compliance with these Guidelines will not of itself guarantee compliance with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972. However, where the Guidelines are followed, it is less likely that Aboriginal sites will be harmed. Click to download the Guidelines.
Changes to Intestacy laws affecting Aboriginal people in WA
Published: August 2013
New legislation has come into force which affects how an Aboriginal person’s affairs are administered if they die intestate. The Department of Aboriginal Affairs has published a brochure to explain the changes and what it could mean for you and your family. Click here to find out more.
Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy 2012-2016
Published: September 2012
On 4 September 2012, Minister for Indigenous Affairs Hon Peter Collier MLC launched the Government of Western Australia's Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy 2012 - 2016. The Strategy will provide a framework for the State Government’s investment in Aboriginal economic input over the next four years. It is structured around five core pillars:
- responding to Aboriginal aspirations;
- unlocking the potential;
- growing economic participation;
- creating sustainable wealth; and
- working in partnership.
Under each theme there are overarching objectives and a number of initiatives designed to increase Aboriginal economic participation primarily through improved education outcomes, increased employment opportunities, the development and growth of businesses and contracting opportunities, and utilising assets and growing wealth.
Click here to view the Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy.
Department of Indigenous Affairs Strategic Framework 2012-2014
Published: June 2012
In June 2012, the Department launched a new operation and policy framework designed to meet the contemporary needs of Aboriginal people. 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 framework focuses on four priority areas that represent contemporary challenges confronting the Indigenous Affairs portfolio: Aboriginal Heritage, Aboriginal Land, Community Development and Accountable Government.
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.
Leading Agency Framework
In broad terms, the Lead Agency Framework is where assistance or coordination for a proposal is done by one department, or "the lead agency". The Lead Agency Framework applies to all resource, infrastructure, transport, large scale land and housing proposals and developments.
The Lead Agency Framework operates by nominating a single agency responsible for case management or through an identified case manager within the lead agency. It also provides assistance in scoping the proposal upfront and determining the approvals required, as well as setting indicative timeframes.
Investigating the social welfare indicators of Aboriginal Regional Arts Centres: a pilot study
This report provides evidence of benefits to social welfare resulting from starting an Aboriginal arts centre in a regional community. Commissioned by DIA, launched May 2012.
Employment and Enterprise - a baseline profile for the Gnaala Karla Booja region
Services to Indigenous People in the Murchison-Gascoyne Region - Mapping and Gap Anaylsis
Published: March 2010
Closing the Gap in Indigenous Life Outcomes, Western Australia 2010
Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report 2009
Environmental Health Needs Survey 2008
Aboriginal Affairs Coordinating Committee - Chief Operating Officer Annual Report 2009 - 2010
Roebourne Report - Issues, current responses and strategies for consideration
WA State Government Response To The Hope Report
WA State Government Response To The Hope Report PDF File, 0.3MB
Safer Communities Safer Children
The Safer Children, Safer Communities document provides a model for agreed and coordinated government action to address broad community issues arising from the disclosure of child abuse in idenitified Indigenous communities in Western Australia (WA).
Safer Communities Safer Children PDF File, 0.7MB
Indigenous Consumers Count
Indigenous Consumers Count is the first report of its kind to examine consumer issues faced by Indigenous Western Australians and whether the current provision of consumer protection services adequately meet the needs of this diverse population.
Indigenous Consumers Count PDF File, from the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection
Customer Service Charter
The Department of Indigenous Affairs Customer Service Charter.
Customer Service Charter PDF File, 0.93MB
Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2007 - 2011
The Disability Access and Inclusion Plan for the Department of Indigenous Affairs has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Disability Services Act (1993).
Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2007 - 2011 PDF File, 0.93MB
Accommodating Aboriginal Visitors from Remote Communities in Regional Australia
The attached Discussion Paper outlines best practice approaches to accommodating Aboriginal visitors from remote communities in regional Australia.
The Visitors Discussion Paper June 2006 PDF File, 183KB
Bilateral Agreement on Indigenous Affairs
The Bilateral Agreement on Indigenous Affairs establishes an agreed framework and priorities for intergovernmental cooperation and enhanced effort in Indigenous affairs.
Consulting Citizens: Engaging with Aboriginal Western Australians
Consulting Citizens: Engaging with Aboriginal Western Australians is a guide to encourage effective consultation between government and non-government workers and Aboriginal people.
The guide was a joint project of the Department of Indigenous Affairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Code of Practice for Housing and Infrastucture Development in Western Australian Indigenous Communities 2006 (revised)
The Code has been prepared with the intent of raising basic living standards for the long-term in Discrete Indigenous Settlements (DISs) by undertaking 'best practice' delivery of infrastructure development projects in Western Australia.
The Code of Practice Report PDF File, 4.61MB
Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage in Western Australia Report 2005
This Report has been prepared to guide the delivery of better services to the Indigenous people of the State and to measure the impact of these services over time.
The Full Report
- The full Report PDF File, 39.52MB
- Introduction PDF File, 1.73MB
- Demographic Profile PDF File, 2.2MB
- Executive Summary PDF File, 1.36MB
- Part A Chapter 1 (page 44-67) PDF File, 5.0MB
- Part A Chapter 1 (page 68-93) PDF File, 4.11MB
- Part B Chapter 2 PDF File, 2.64MB
- Part B Chapter 3 PDF File, 1.24MB
- Part B Chapter 4 PDF File, 2.0MB
- Part B Chapter 5 PDF File, 1.86MB
- Part B Chapter 6 PDF File, 2.61MB
- Part B Chapter 7 PDF File, 2.8MB
- Part B Chapter 8 (page 210-225) PDF File, 3.1MB
- Part B Chapter 8 (page 226-253) PDF File, 3.3MB
- Conclusion PDF File, 1.42MB
- Appendix A PDF File, 2.1MB
- Appendix B PDF File, 1.8MB
- Appendix C PDF File, 1.1MB
- Appendix D PDF File, 0.3MB
- Appendix E PDF File, 2.4MB
The summary booklet
Supporting data tables
Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Key Indicators 2007 Report (Australian Government)
The full report can be dowloaded from the Australian Government Productivity Commission website.
Environmental Health Needs of Indigenous Communities in Western Australia. The 2004 Survey and its Findings
- EHNS Report 2004 - The Full Report PDF file, 20MB
- EHNS Report 2004 Front Pages and Chapter 1 PDF file, 2MB
- EHNS Report 2004 Chapter 2 PDF file, 1.3MB
- EHNS Report 2004 Chapter 3 PDF file, 3.3MB
- EHNS Report 2004 Chapter 4 - Complete PDF file, 6.5MB
- EHNS Report 2004 Chapter 4 - Maps only PDF file, 1.7MB
- EHNS Report 2004 Chapter 4 - Text only PDF file, 4.8MB
- EHNS Report 2004 Chapter 5 PDF file, 2MB
- EHNS Report 2004 Chapter 6 PDF file, 2MB
- EHNS Report 2004 References and Appendices PDF file, 2MB
Environmental Health Needs of Indigenous Communities in Western Australia. The 1997 survey and its findings
The Western Australian Government Reconciliation Handbook 2005
A useful resource for schools, businesses, community organisations and individuals. The handbook outlines reconciliation projects and initiatives undertaken by the public sector.
Published: June 2005.
Services to Indigenous People in the Shire of Derby - Mapping and Gap Analysis Report
Prepared by the Department of Indigenous Affairs in order to identify the strengths and gaps in service delivery and coordination in the Derby area. The report presents relevant statistical data and a detailed analysis of issues in the areas of health, family, housing, justice, education, employment and training services.
The report makes 81 recommendations to improve service provision and coordination for Indigenous people in the Derby area.
Published: June 2005.
Services to Indigenous People in the Shire of Wiluna - Mapping and Gap Analysis Report
Prepared by the Department of Indigenous Affairs for the Shire of Wiluna in order to identify the strengths, issues and gaps in services impacting on Indigenous people in the Shire. The report presents relevant statistical data and a detailed analysis of issues in the areas of health, community services, housing, justice, education, economic development, land and heritage.
The report makes 86 recommendations to improve outcomes for Indigenous people in the region.
Published: Nov 2004.
Services to Indigenous People in the Town of Port Hedland - Mapping and Gap Analysis
Prepared by the Department of Indigenous Affairs for the Pilbara Government Managers Indigenous Forum.
This report makes a number of strategic and operational recommendations that focus upon developing a collaborative and coordinated approach across all functional areas and tiers of government to address the situation faced by Indigenous people in Port Hedland.
Framework Agreement Between the Mulga Malle Regional Council, The Department of Indigenous Affairs and The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
The Mulga Malle Regional Council, The Department of Indigenous Affairs and The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder agree they have a joint responsibility to address the needs of Aboriginal people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and agree to work together to establish a framework to achieve sustainable social, cultural, economic and environmental development for Aboriginal people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Framework Agreement PDF File, 0.65MB
Lost Lands Report 2004
The Lost Lands Report attempts to identify all lands originally set aside for Aboriginal "use and benefit" but which are no longer available and also provides an informative account of the changing legislative, administrative and social contexts of these reserves.
Statement of Corporate Intent 2002-2005
The Machinery of Government Report in 2001 described the objective of the Indigenous Affairs portfolio as 'closing the gap' between the social and economic well being of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Services to Discrete Indigenous Communities in Western Australia: Discussion Paper
Provision of Local Government Services to Aboriginal Communities: Focus Paper
Sharing Our Stories: Guidelines for Heritage Interpretation
Sharing Our Stories is a comprehensive but easily accessible document providing tools for planning and delivering a range of interpretation projects including walk trails, museum exhibitions and educational programs. Copies can be downloaded from the National Trust of Australia website.
Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Implementation Report
The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Implementation Report relates to the period ending 30 November 2000. The progress report is part of the State's commitment to maintain a regular and transparent reporting process to Parliament and to the Ministerial Council for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs on the implementation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommendations.
Recommendations for across-government and inter-sectoral universal prevention initiatives to promote well-being and resilience and to reduce self-harm and suicide among Aboriginal youth.