Indigenous community forum

NORTH Coast Indigenous residents will get the chance to guide government policy at a forum being held in Lismore later this month.

The NSW Government's Ministerial Taskforce on Aboriginal Affairs will hold a second round of community forums in Lismore on August 29, with Aboriginal communities and stakeholders to review the taskforce's progress report and comment on its direction.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello said the second round of consultation was a critical step in continuing dialogue with Aboriginal communities about key reforms required to bring about sustained improvement in education, employment and service delivery and accountability.

"The taskforce recognises that a 'one size fits all' approach does not work and that every community has different needs and different aspirations," Mr Dominello said.

"Staged reform will allow community and government to work together, to ensure that implementation occurs with the community's support and at the community's pace."

The taskforce was established a year ago to recommend concrete reforms to improve service delivery and accountability in Aboriginal affairs across NSW, and to improve employment and educational outcomes for Aboriginal people in NSW.

More than 1700 people attended the community forums with a further 200 written submissions including some 4000 individual comments contributing to the strategy.

The progress report has so far suggested strengthening the connection between education, training and employment; strengthening support for language and culture; strengthening accountability; and strengthening the capacity of communities and service delivery as key areas in improving outcomes for Aboriginal communities.

To view the progress report and take the online survey visit www.daa.nsw.gov.au/taskforce/yoursay.html.

For more information about the Taskforce, visit www.daa.nsw.gov.au/taskforce.



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