About us

Who we are

 

About Us

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body consist of seven members. Each member is elected by the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for three years and hold office on a part-time basis. The Chair and Deputy Chair are elected by majority vote of the members.

Elections for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body are conducted by the ACT Electoral Commission.

Further information about nominating to become a member and voting for a member can be found on the ACT Electoral Commission’s website at http://www.elections.act.gov.au/

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body 2017 to 2020

On 21 July 2017 the ACT Electoral Commissioner declared the following were elected for a period of 3 years to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body.

  • Katrina Fanning
  • Joanne Chivers
  • Caroline Hughes
  • Maurice Walker
  • Jacob Keed
  • Fred Monaghan
  • Paula McGrady

 

Vision and Mission

Our Vision

That all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT are fully engaged in shaping and creating their future wellbeing.

Our Mission

To provide a strong, respected and democratically elected voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in the ACT by:

  • Understanding and representing community needs and priorities
  • Supporting development of government policy and services that meet community needs and

Advocating for accountability, transparency and effectiveness in achieving social and economic outcomes for the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

ATSIEB has been established by the ACT Government as an innovative and even unique model underpinning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community development and self-determination in Canberra. It has potential applicability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

What makes ATSIEB unique is that it is elected by the local community rather than appointed by the government.

Overview

Overview of ATSIEB

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB) is responsible for representing the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living within the ACT. It supports the ACT government to develop policy and provide services that are relevant to the needs of people within the community as well as advocating for accountability, transparency and effectiveness.

ATSIEB has obligations under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008 to investigate the development and delivery of ACT Government policies and programs in order to best recommend policy direction on all matters affecting the wellbeing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the ACT.

Members and Tenure

ATSIEB consists of seven people who are elected every three years to represent the interests and requests of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Each member holds office on a part time basis.

Functions and Role of ATSIEB

ATSIEB has the following functions:

  • to receive, and pass on to the Minister, the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT on issues of concern to them and, when asked by the Minister, to give the Minister information or advice about the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on matters stated by the Minister;
  • to represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT and to act as an advocate on systemic or whole-of-government issues affecting their interests;
  • to foster community discussion about:
    1. issues of concern to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT; and
    2. the functions of ATSIEB; and
    3. this Act
  • to conduct regular consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT and report the outcomes of that consultation to the Minister and any other Minister responsible for the matter that is the subject of the consultation;
  • to make recommendations to government agencies about research proposals that further the objects of this Act;
  • to monitor and report on the effectiveness and accessibility of programs and services conducted by government agencies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT;
  • to monitor and report on the accessibility by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT to programs and services conducted by government agencies for the general public;
  • to provide advice to government agencies on appropriate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people living in the ACT on consultative bodies established by government agencies;
  • when asked by a government agency or another person, to recommend any reasonable action it considers necessary to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultural material or information considered sacred or significant by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people loving in the ACT;
  • any other function given to ATSIEB by the Minister;
  • any other function given to ATSIEB under this Act or another territory law.

Other functions are outlined in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008.

Policy & Advocacy

Policy and Advocacy

Advocate

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB) members are elected representatives from the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with a mandate to be a strong voice to express views and issues affecting our communities to the ACT Government.

ATSIEB was established under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2008, which provides the legislative framework for its operations.

Our Vision

That all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT are fully engaged in shaping and creating their future wellbeing.

Strategic Documents

The Community Consultation Plan is developed to engage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the ACT in relation to public policy and program decisions made by the ACT Government and to guide consultation over the duration of the term of the Elected Body. You can click here to view the ATSIEB Consultation Plan 2017 2020

Although a lot of work still needs to be done, ATSIEB is proud of the achievements and progress it has made in shaping the ACT Governments strategic direction on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs through the development of key Agreements, which include the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2015-2018 and ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Partnership 2015-2018.

You can click here to view the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2015-2018 and ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Partnership 2015-2018.

ATSIEB will continue to work with all constituents, stakeholders and government to improve progress; design of; and the delivery of key policies, services and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT.

ATSIEB’s Highlight Reports

SECOND TERM HIGHLIGHTS

THIRD TERM HIGHTLIGHTS

STATEMENTS & SUBMISSIONS

Members

Members and Tenure

ATSIEB consists of seven people who are elected every three years to represent the interests and requests of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Each member holds office on a part time basis.

Katrina Fanning

Chairperson

Jo Chivers

Deputy Chairperson

Caroline Hughes

Member

Fred Monaghan

Member

Maurice Walker

Member

Jacob Keed

Member

Paula McGrady

Member

Previous Terms

Term One 2008 – 2011

Terry Williams

Chair

Diane Collins

Deputy Chair

Roslyn Brown

Member

Lynette Goodwin

Member

Fred Monaghan

Member

Rod Little

Member

Jason Oakley

Member