New strategy to empower Aboriginal Western Australians

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Call for community input to develop a whole-of-government strategy.
Front cover of the discussion paper document, A Path Forward.

The community is invited to share its views to shape a long-term strategy that will improve the lives of Aboriginal Western Australians.

A discussion paper has been released to get the conversation started. A Path Forward: Developing the Western Australian Government’s Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy has been developed in collaboration with the WA Aboriginal Advisory Council and a range of Aboriginal organisations, and builds on previous research, engagement and messages expressed by Aboriginal people.

The discussion paper outlines possible goals and principles for the strategy, based on the following:

  • Putting culture at the centre
  • Bringing decisions closer to communities
  • Enabling Aboriginal-led solutions
  • Investing more in preventative and early intervention initiatives
  • Boosting economic opportunities
  • Building cultural understanding and respect

While there are already a range of strategies, policies and plans in place across several agencies, this is the first whole-of-government approach developed by the WA Government, focusing on the views, priorities, voices and aspirations of Aboriginal people.

It will support Government agencies as they work with Aboriginal people towards better social, economic, health and cultural outcomes.

The discussion paper is open for public comment until Friday 27 March 2020. The strategy is expected to be finalised next year.

Page reviewed 25 February 2020