Why is this important?
Employment of Aboriginal people in local government can make a big difference to the ability of the local government to effectively engage the local community and in the delivery of council functions.
Some councils have employed Aboriginal Liaison Officers or an equivalent role within their council.
An Aboriginal Liaison Officer generally gives the Aboriginal community greater confidence and trust to engage with council. The employment of an Aboriginal Liaison Officer can also help stimulate consideration of the needs of the local Aboriginal community by staff across all areas of council.
What can your council do?
The 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey found that 19 councils employ an Aboriginal Liaison Officer or similar role.