Aboriginal Cultural Competency and Capability Reform at the Department of Communities

The Department of Communities, informed by two independent reports commissioned by the department, is undertaking significant work to reform Aboriginal Cultural Competency and Capability across its workforce.
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In 2017 the former Department for Child Protection and Family Support contracted Indigenous Psychological Services to undertake an audit of the newly released Foster Care and Adoption Assessment Manual, as well as a cultural competency audit of child protection staff.

The Indigenous Psychological Services report was delivered to the Department of Communities in October 2019. 

A significant body of work has been undertaken by Communities across a range of programs and initiatives that address the recommendations provided.

The Aboriginal Cultural Capability Reform Program outlines the actions Communities is undertaking to address the issues highlighted and continue our cultural reform journey.

Additionally, PwC was commissioned in 2021 to provide a review of the structure of the new Aboriginal Outcomes division as part of wider reforms to Communities.

This PwC report is also now available, as well as the Communities response to PwC report which summarises the establishment of the Aboriginal Outcomes division and identifies Ngulluk Marr as the process to refine our values, focus on culture and set our strategic direction.

Our work will continue to be informed by both the Indigenous Psychological Services and PwC reports.