ATSIEB Second Term Highlights

Overview of ATSIEB

From August 2011 the 2nd three year term of office commenced and the elected   members embraced responsibility for engaging with and representing the needs   and views of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in the ACT.  The ATSIEB members also informed ACT Government policy initiatives and development and suggested improvements of services to our peoples in the community.

Original elected membership of the 2nd ATSIEB group   included; Rod Little (Chair), Diane Collins (Deputy Chair), Brendan Church,   Roslyn Brown, Lynette Goodwin, Benny Hodges and John Paul Janke.  During this tenure of office, Benny Hodges and John Paul Janke offered to voluntarily vacate their positions as elected members due to other commitments.

Masepah Banu and Maurice Walker were subsequently installed as two new members by the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander   Affairs.  The statutory tenure of all current seven elected members of will conclude, prior to the announcement of the upcoming ATSIEB elections.

The following highlights of ATSIEB actions are consistent with the statutory requirements under Section 8 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008.

ATSIEB Statutory Meetings Held

2011/2012                            6

2012/2013                            6

2013/2014                            6

Other Strategic Meetings

  •   2 August 2011 – Meeting with Cabinet Ministers
  •   19 December 2011 – Business Organisations’ for CEOs meeting
    •   Monthly and Bi-Monthly meetings with Director’s General on portfolio   matters relating to:
      • Chief Minister and Treasury
      • Community Services
      • Economic Development
      • Education and Training
      • Environment and Sustainable   Development
      • Territory and Municipal   Services
      • Health
      • Justice and Community Safety
      • Commerce and Works
      •   6 monthly meetings with the ACT Human Rights Commissioner and the ACT Child and   Youth Commissioner

Major Reports

  •   2011 Report to Government   (2009-10) estimates hearings)
  •   2012 Report to Government   (2010-11) estimates hearings)
  •   2013 Report to Government (2011-12) estimates hearings)

Community Discussion Forums

  1.   14 September 2011 – Review of Aboriginal Justice Agreement Forum
  2.   20-21 September 2011 – Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait   Islander people
  3.   21   April 2012 – ATSIEB’s ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Priorities Plan.  Issues discussed:
  •   Governance   and leadership
  •   Family  focus
  •   Data and information
  •   A collaborative/partnerships
  •   Economic participation
  •   Education
  •   Transport
  1.   19 October 2012 – Issues discussed:
  •   Housing – no organisation to manage of housing stocks for Aboriginal and Torres   Strait Islander people.
  •   Education – support to students in schools for high achievement levels
  •   Winnunga   Nimmityjah Membership
  •   The need for “Aboriginality” workshop
  •   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s places in the ACT
  •   Transportation
  1.   3 April 2013 – Renewal of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and   Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social Emotional Wellbeing
  2.   7 June 2013 – Renewal of Aboriginal Justice Agreement
  3.   17 September 2013 –Community organisations input to ATSIEB’s planning
  4.   20 September 2013 – Community Plan considerations:
  •   Housing needs and aged   care facilities
  •   Through care program for young men and women offenders
  •   Data and reporting   processes
  •   School based traineeships
  •   Child protection
  •   Country signage
  1.   12 December 2013 – Sport   and Recreation, and Draft AJA
    1. 28 March 2014 & 30 April 2014 – Community input to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Whole of Government Agreement

ATSIEB Events

  1.   29   November 2011 – Women’s Yarning Circle
  2.   16 August 2012 – Family Violence   Stakeholder Roundtable
  3.   6 September 2012 – Launch of “Our Kin, Our Country” Report on the ACT Genealogy Study
  4.   23   November 2012 – Economic Forum
  5.   2 August 2013 – Women’s High Tea Event
  6.   14 August 2013 – Family Violence Frameworks Australian Law Reform Commission Recommendations   Roundtable
  7.   28 February 2014 – Women’s Yarning Circle

Development of Initiatives

  1.   National Indigenous Youth Parliament
  2.   ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Plan
  3.   Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm
  4.   Gugan initiative
  5.   ATSIEB Amendment Bill 2012
  6.   Renewal Aboriginal Justice Agreement
  7.   ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Whole of Government Agreement Whole of Government Agreement
  8.   Inquiry into ACT Public   Service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment
  9.   ACT Public Service Employment Strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
  10.   ACT Crime Prevention Strategy: a Justice Reinvestment Framework
  11.   The ACT Government’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Delivery Framework
    1.   The Whole-of-government approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait   Islander Data Project
    2.   Consultation on the Human Rights Bill – recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Cultural Rights
  12.   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Transport Development Project  – 2 May 2013 – Launch of the   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Bus

For more information

ATSEIB Secretariat

C/- Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

Community Service Directorate

ACT Government

GPO Box 158

CANBERRA ACT 2601

 

Telephone:  02 6205 2551

Facsimile:  02 6207 5862

Email:-atsieb@act.gov.au

Website:-www.atsieb.com.au

 

For specific information   on ATSIEB functions, members, key issues, meetings, events, media and   publications please refer to the Website:-www.atsieb.com.au