Between July and August 2016, councils, Aboriginal organisations and networks and the Victorian community are invited to participate in the final phase of consultation on the Victorian Aboriginal Local Government Action Plan.
The Victorian Aboriginal Local Government Action Plan will be an important resource for councils across the state, as they work towards:
- improving relationships with Aboriginal communities
- promoting reconciliation
- engaging Aboriginal people in planning, decision-making, employment, programs and services across all areas of their organisations.
The plan brings together the outcomes from a three-year consultation process of Local Government Victoria’s Aboriginal Partnership Project. It builds on local council initiatives around the state that are demonstrating excellent results, by establishing opportunities to share and extend them, as well as including new objectives and a timeline for action.
Local government is central to the achievement of the economic, equity and liveability outcomes for all Victorians. Like state and federal governments, councils have a critical role to play in closing the gap in life chances for Aboriginal Victorians: this is a goal that simply cannot be achieved without local government as a partner.
Over the past decade we have seen momentum building towards reconciliation among Victoria’s councils and efforts to close the gap in Victoria. However, there is a great variability across the 79 Victorian local governments, with some very active councils and some who could be doing more.
This plan will be a resource for councils to develop and strengthen best practice in engagement, partnership and employment opportunities with their Aboriginal communities.
Local Government Victoria will meet with Aboriginal community organisations and local government peak bodies to fine tune the plan before its release later this year.
Consultation will be open for six weeks until Friday, 26 August 2016.
Email your feedback on the Victorian Aboriginal Local Government Action Plan – Consultation Draft
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