Chairperson – Emessage No10, 9 May 2016

Dear communities, colleagues and friends

The Elected Body met on the 6th April 2016 and progressed the following:

  • New ATSIEB member – In February 2016, member Richie Allan resigned from the Elected Body resulting in a casual vacancy.  Due to this, Elections ACT invited all remaining unsuccessful candidates from the 2014 ATSIEB election to contest the casual vacancy. Following distribution of preferences, Mrs Lynnice Church was elected as the successful candidate.

On behalf of all ATSIEB members, I congratulate and welcome Mrs Church as our new
member and look forward to working with her (and all members) for the remainder
of the term.  I thank Mr Allan for his work, efforts and contributions during his time
on the Elected Body.  I wish him all the best for the future.


  • Reform to the ACT Discrimination Act 1991 – The reform to the Discrimination Act 1991 occurred following the ACT Law reform Advisory Council review of the Act. In February 2016, the Justice and Corrective Services Directorate have requested Cabinet agreement to draft legislation to amend the Act to improve its scope, coverage and operation in response to LRAC recommendations.  This is the beginning of an ongoing process.  This is a very crucial reform that will affect our whole community.  The Elected Body will be watching this closely and will continue to request updates on future progress.


  • Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) – The Elected Body pledged its support for ‘SNAICC – Family Matters, Kids safe in culture, not in care’ campaign.  We will play an important role in participating and advocating this campaign. We continue to progress this important issue on behalf of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children within the ACT.  Further information for this campaign can be found at:


  • ATSIEB – Governance and Visioning – The Elected Body took time out to reflect and focus on strengthening governance arrangements and exploring a vision for the future. A workshop was facilitated by Ms Janine Mohamed CEO, Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives and Ms Kathleen Stacey, Beyond-Kathleen Stacey and Associates. The workshop helped to reinforce capabilities, explore possibilities and consider ways to continue to strengthen relationships with our stakeholders.  I cannot thank Ms Mohamed and Ms Stacey enough for their in kind support in facilitating this valuable workshop.


  • Next ATSIEB Meeting – Scheduled for Friday, 17 June 2016.


  • ATSIEB Website – Exciting news – our website is currently being revamped.  The new look website will be more user friendly and easier to navigate (as well as having an established presence on facebook).  I encourage you all – to watch for this space as it will be arriving, soon.


  •  Upcoming Community Forums and Events– You are welcome to attend the upcoming community forums and events:


  • o   Open Community Forum – scheduled Thursday, 12 May 2016 – Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Yarramundi Reach.  This is an opportunity for the community to meet directly with ATSIEB members to discuss any topic.  Come along and have your say.


  • o    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Partnership Community Forum – scheduled Wednesday, 8 June 2016 – Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Yarramundi Reach. This is an opportunity for the community to provide input into progressing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Partnership.  Come along and have your say.


  • Have Your Say – The ACT Government is seeking feedback on the draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2016-2020. The consultation period commenced on Friday, 1 April 2016 and closes on Friday, 13 May 2016.

As you know, Health is a major priority for our community.  I strongly encourage you
to have your say by visiting the website:


I would like to hear your feedback by forwarding an email to or calling the Secretariat on 02 6205 2551.


Diane Collins

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body

Providing a Strong

Respected & Democratically

Elected Voice for
ACT Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples