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OUTPUT 1.4 - ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS - POLICY ADVICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

Operating Unit

Office of Aboriginal Affairs
Greg Brown, Manager
Telephone: (03) 6233 3671
Facsimile: (03) 6233 4506
Email: Greg.Brown@dpac.tas.gov.au
Website: www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/oaa


Description and Objectives

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA) advances Aboriginal affairs across the State Sector. It is the primary resource for, and adviser to, the Government on policy issues affecting Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The Office undertakes this role by:
  • providing advice to the Government on policies and practices affecting Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population;
  • assisting with information about programs, services and issues; and
  • administering and co-ordinating policy development affecting Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs is responsible for administering the Aboriginal Land Act 1995.

The Office is also responsible for high-level consultation with Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

The Office seeks to assist Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population to achieve improved social, cultural and economic outcomes, and to promote greater understanding and acceptance of Aboriginal culture and its ongoing contribution to the Tasmanian community.

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs contributes to a range of Tasmania Together benchmarks, particularly those related to Goal 10: 'Acknowledge and respect the contribution that the Aboriginal community and its culture have made and continue to make to Tasmania and its identity.'


Achievements and Highlights

Cape Barren and Clarke Islands
The Aboriginal Lands Amendment Act 2004 was passed by Parliament in March 2005. The Act returned 42,706 hectares of Crown land on Cape Barren Island and 8,149 hectares of Crown land on Clarke Island to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

The State Government believes that this transfer of Crown land to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community is fundamental to achieving true reconciliation. The land transfer brings the total area vested in the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT) to approximately 55,597 hectares.

Title handover ceremony for Cape Barren and Clarke Islands on 10 May 2005
(left to right)
Governor of Tasmania, Sir William CoxThe Premier of Tasmania, the Hon Paul Lennon, Greg Brown, Manager, Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Darrell West, past Chairperson of the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania


Aboriginal Lands Act 1995
The Aboriginal Lands Act 1995 was amended to include the three part definition of Aboriginality, to allow for the continuation of the ALCT electoral roll and to give the ALCT powers to acquire land other than by vesting under the Act.


Employment
The OAA secured appointments for 14 Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders within the State Government during 2004 - 05.

A new Ministerial Direction was issued with effect from 1 December 2004 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment in the Tasmanian State Service. The Ministerial Direction enables positions to be created within the State Government that target Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

A variation to the Structured Training and Employment Project (STEP) was negotiated with the Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. This was necessary due to the success of the STEP. STEP aims to recruit a further 25 Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders to full time positions after they successfully complete training/probation with the State Service.

As part of the STEP, the Department of Health and Human Services aims to recruit 22 Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders, to full time positions. The targeted positions include base grade positions, traineeships and nursing and policy cadetships.


Aboriginal Family Violence
Work continued on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) trial on family violence. The Trial was established to enable State and Commonwealth agencies to work collaboratively and in partnership with the Aboriginal community to develop solutions to family violence in the north of the State.

The OAA continued to support the work of the ya pulingina kani working group which was established to pursue the recommendations of the Indigenous Family Violence Project report 'ya pulingina kani - Good To See You Talk'.


Aboriginal Land Interpretations
The State Government provided funding of $20,000 from the Premier's Sundry Grants Program to the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania to establish a viewing platform at Preminghana.

In addition, the State Government provided funding for interpretive signs and sculptured seats, which were made by Aboriginal artist Ambrose Macdonald, in redeveloping the Alum Cliffs track.


Other Issues
During 2004-05, the Office of Aboriginal Affairs also:

  • consulted with the Aboriginal community and organisations about State Government legislation, policies and service programs and accurately represented the Aboriginal community's view to Government;
  • progressed reconciliation including the COAG's framework to advance reconciliation and the Ministerial Council for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (MCATSIA) Action Plan;
  • promoted the use of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators Report as a driver of policy change;
  • provided support to the ALCT in administering land under the Aboriginal Land Act 1995;
  • assisted in developing appropriate policy regarding Aboriginal cultural practices;
  • assisted in the planning process to develop new Aboriginal Heritage legislation;
  • represented the Tasmanian Government on the Standing Committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (SCATSIA);
  • participated in MCATSIA working parties dealing with the Indigenous Indicator Framework and the MCATSIA Action Plan;
  • facilitated the implementation of the State's responsibilities as required by MCATSIA;
  • provided advice and assistance to agencies regarding the eligibility of clients accessing Aboriginal-specific programs and services; and
  • provided advice and assistance to agencies regarding Aboriginal interpretation at visitor attractions and centres.


    Performance

    Benefit Targets TT Links Results as at 30 June 2005
    Improved social, cultural and economic well-being of Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
    1, 10, 12, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23
    There has been some improvement in the social, cultural and economic well-being of Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The return of Crown land on Cape Barren and Clarke Islands has been the major reason for improvement.
    The Tasmanian Government and public sector are provided with quality and timely advice and support on issues affecting Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
    Quality, timely advice and support on Aboriginal issues was provided.
    Increased empowerment, self-determination and self-management by the Aboriginal community in its pursuit for recognition and protection of Aboriginal rights.
    10
    There has been some movement in this area and the OAA continues to work with Government agencies to gain results.
    Increased participation by Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in consultation, negotiation, decision-making, monitoring and evaluation on relevant issues.
    10
    The awareness of Government agencies regarding the participation of the Aboriginal community in consultation, negotiation, decision-making, monitoring and evaluation on issues relevant to the Aboriginal community continues to increase.
    Improved access by Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population to the full range of Government programs and services.
    The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing the full range of Government programs and services continues to increase slowly.
    Increased number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and other staff within the State Government with the ability to deal with issues affecting Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
    10, 16
    Aboriginal employment statistics increased significantly across most areas of Government and the number of other staff with the ability to deal with Aboriginal issues slowly increases
    Performance Measures
    Units
    2001-02
    Actual
    2002-03
    (Target)
    Actual
    2003-04
    (Target)
    Actual
    2004-05
    (Target)
    Actual
    Number of Aboriginal people practising cultural activities including hunting, fishing and gathering. (Tasmania Together benchmark 10.5.1)
    N
    200
    (210)
    194
    (250)
    235
    (275)
    148
    Number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander positions created under the Structured Training and Employment Project. (Tasmania Together benchmark 10.2.2)
    N
    4
    (10)
    11
    (14)
    12
    (11)
    14
    Number of Aboriginal identified positions in the State Service that can only be filled by Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders. (Tasmania Together benchmark 10.2.2)
    N
    50
    (55)
    55
    (60)
    63
    (65)
    66
    Number of Aboriginal identified positions in the State Service that are filled by Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders.
    N
    n.a.
    n.a.
    (54)
    56
    (60)
    61
    Tasmania Together Indicators G.S.I. Comments
    Number of major visitor centres containing Aboriginal cultural interpretation 10.1.3 Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts reports on this benchmark.
    Number of people who have completed Aboriginal cultural awareness programs 10.1.4 No data is currently available to report against this benchmark. Benchmark to be reviewed within the next 12 months.
    Number of Aboriginal people involved in boards, policy reference groups, consultative groups and working parties 10.2.1 No data currently available to report against this benchmark. Benchmark to be reviewed within the next 12 months.
    Number of Aboriginal people employed in the Tasmanian public service 10.2.2 A total of 70 Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders are employed in the Tasmanian public service.
    Hectares of land owned or managed by the Aboriginal community 10.3.1 The return of Cape Barren and Clarke islands to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community has increased the total of land owned or managed by the Aboriginal community to 55,597.4 hectares.
    Percentage of Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural property collections repatriated 10.4.1 No change has occurred in relation to this benchmark.
    Number of Aboriginal people practising cultural activities including hunting, fishing and gathering 10.5.1 A total of 148 Aboriginal people practised cultural activities including, hunting, fishing and gathering through permits issued by the State Government.
    Number of Aboriginal people employed in policy development, planning and management of natural resources 10.6.1 A total of 13 Aborigines in the State public service are employed in policy development, planning and management of natural resources. These figures are obtained from Office of Aboriginal Affairs sources based information relating to Aboriginal identified and tagged positions, traineeships etc.
    Level of Aboriginal satisfaction with processes and outcomes in natural resource management 10.6.2 No data currently available to report against this benchmark. Benchmark to be reviewed within the next 12 months.
    Level of satisfaction within the Aboriginal community regarding their capacity to independently decide their own economic future 10.7.1 No data currently available to report against this benchmark. Benchmark to be reviewed within the next 12 months.
    Resources available to the Aboriginal community for undertaking conservation and sustainable resource development on their land 10.7.2 No data currently available to report against this benchmark. Benchmark to be reviewed within the next 12 months.

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