Chairperson – Emessage No15, 29 September 2017

Term 4, ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body

 

Dear Community members

The Elected Body held its second meeting on 21 September 2017.

At the meeting we had presentations and discussions around the following issues:

  • Refresh and Renewal of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Whole of Government Agreement;
  • Development of the 3-year Consultation Plan;
  • Providing feedback on the Yarramundi Peninsula Precinct Structure Plan;
  • Stage 2 – Older Person’s Housing Project; and
  • The Review of Aboriginal Children and Young People in the ACT Care and Protection System.

You may have seen over the past two weeks in the Canberra Times, several articles around the Child and Youth Care and Protection System and ACT Policing.

In relation to the Child and Youth Care and Protection System I would like to provide some clarity on two processes that are underway. The Review of Aboriginal Children and Young People in the Care and Protection System and the Child & Youth Protection Quality Assurance Committee.

The Review into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the care and protection system is in its very early stages of development. This will include a Steering Committee with representatives from across our community – a meeting of key stakeholders will be held in late October 2017 to design the Review Steering Committee terms of reference and to start scoping how the Review will work.  I am pleased to advise that two Elected Body members, Mrs Caroline Hughes and Ms Jo Chivers have been nominated by the Elected Body to represent ATSIEB and the community on this very important Review and we will endeavour to keep you informed over the coming months on progress. Along with ATSIEB the ACT Government have approached Gugan, SNAICC, National Congress and Winnunga to nominate a representative.

With respect to the Child & Youth Protection Quality Assurance Committee it is our understanding that whilst the ACT Government have not been able to secure a suitably qualified Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, they are continuing the search and will look to fill that role as quickly as possible. Elected Body members are keen to work with the ACT Government to ensure that the voice of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community is being heard.

In terms of ACT Policing and the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being apprehended, the Elected Body are seeking to meet with the ACT Chief Police Officer to discuss the issue and the upcoming Review of the Policing Services Model for the Territory and again will seek to represent the voice of the community and provide feedback as this modelling progresses.

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

Katrina Fanning
Chairperson

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body