ATSIEB Hearings 2016

Dear Community Members

I regret to inform you that after careful consideration the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Hearings (hearings) scheduled for 7-8 December 2016 has been cancelled and will be postponed until early 2017.

For the first time, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (Elected Body) experienced an unusual membership anomaly due to non-filling of two casual vacancies prior to the ACT Government election.  We are still waiting for ministerial appointments to be made for these vacancies.  This has placed the Elected Body in a precarious position of operating with 5 members and being at risk of not having a quorum for meetings, specifically when a member is unable to attend.

In addition, the Elected Body had not received crucial documentation from the ACT Government.  This has disadvantaged the Elected Body to adequately prepare for the hearings, as in previous years.

By postponing the hearings, this gives sufficient time for the two casual vacancies to be filled and to receive outstanding crucial documents from the ACT Government.

I will advise you immediately when revised dates for the hearings are decided.

Should you have any questions to be raised at the revised hearings, please email them to the ATSIEB secretariat at: atsieb@act.gov.au

 

Regards

 Ross Fowler | Chairperson, ACT Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Elected Body

Portfolios: CMTEDD, TCCS & CSD

Email:      atsieb@act.gov.au

Mobile:  0434 838 361