A New ACT Whole of Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement is co-signed by ATSIEB and the ACT Government

The Chair of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (the Elected Body) and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA, have today co-signed the ACT Whole of Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement.

“The signing of this Agreement is a momentous occasion because it is the first time an understanding of this type has been executed between the ACT Government and ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” Mr Little said.

The Agreement is a commitment between the ACT Government, its service partners, the Elected Body, and most importantly the community, to work together to recognise and respond to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT .

The Agreement outlines the ACT Government’s assurance to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans to improve the delivery of health, housing, economic development and social services.

Mr Little said that ATSIEB and the ACT Government have worked tirelessly and collaboratively to ensure the Agreement became a reality.

 “I would like to acknowledge the significant contribution made by Minister Rattenbury in realising this momentous achievement.  It demonstrates that the Elected Body is prepared to strengthen working relationships to initiate change for the benefit of families and the whole community.

 “Community engagement has been invaluable in providing key priorities and a central focus for the Agreement.

 “The Agreement embeds and supports the community priorities as an integral aspect to ensure realistic, practical and equitable outcomes are achieved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans”.

 Mr Little is available for interview on 0434 838 361 (media enquiries only).

 For more information on the Elected Body visit http://atsieb.com.au/