In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
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6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

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For a poison emergency in Australia call

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For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

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during flood or storms

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Agreement 2019-2028


ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028 [PDF 711KB]

Action Plans

Renewing the Agreement 2019-2028

Delivering equitable outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.Strength in Community by Leah Brideson

ACT GovernmentACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB)ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB)

The ACT Government acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the Canberra region and acknowledges that the region remains a significant meeting place. The ACT Government and community partners are committed to self-determination as the guiding principle in the delivery of programs and services and are working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to address matters that are important to them.

Self Determination and Statement of Commitment

The Agreement recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s first people. First people have the right to self-determination which is an ongoing process of choice to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are able to meet their social, cultural and economic needs.

The ACT Government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the ACT in actively influencing and participating in social, economic and cultural life.

The right to self-determination is based on the simple acknowledgment that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are Australia’s first people, as was recognised by law in the historic Mabo judgement.

The Agreement recognises that the land known as the Australian Capital Territory had been occupied, used and enjoyed since time immemorial by Aboriginal peoples in accordance with their traditions. Country is of spiritual, social, historical, cultural and economic importance to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are one with their country. Country enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to identify who they are, who their families are, who their ancestors are, and their stories.

The Agreement enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to exercise self- determination and have the ability and resources to provide their own solutions, acknowledging that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership is central to the process of ensuring the long-term emotional and physical wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Agreement builds on the strength of the previous Agreement (2015—2018) to be accountable to ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, to provide accessible and equitable services that aim to improve the social, environmental, economic and cultural infrastructures within their communities.

The Agreement sets the long term (10 year) direction in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in the ACT and obligates the signatories to work together to enable equitable outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT.

Andrew Barr SignatureKatrina Fanning Signature

Rachel Stephen-Smith SignatureKathy Leigh Signature

Strong Families - Core Areas and Significant Areas

Self Determination

The Agreement recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia's first people. First people have the right to self-determination, which is an ongoing process of choice to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are able to meet their social, cultural and economic needs.

Relationship Principles

Realising the human rights of ACT Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander peoples: the distinct cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are specifically recognised in s.27(2) of the ACT Human Rights Act and public authorities must support the exercise of those rights by the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Agreement Phases

Implementation of the Agreement will be over four phases, coinciding with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body elections.

This will allow the incoming Elected Body to work with the ACT Government in setting priorities for the next phase.

PHASE 1

February 2019 December 2020

PHASE 2

January 2021 December 2023

PHASE 3

January 2024 December 2026

PHASE 4

January 2027 December 2028

Reporting and Analysis

Two tiers of reporting will support us in monitoring performance against the Agreement.

Strength in Community

Core Areas

Children and Young People

Cultural Integrity

Inclusive Community Data has been taken from TableBuilder2016 Census-Counting Persons. Please of Usual Residence. Data taken from TableBuilder 2016 Census-Counting Families. Please of enumeration. Total 6,500 both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, 6,138 Aboriginal and 176 Torres Strait Isaldner. 2,032 Children (0-14 years), 1,364 Young People (15-24 years), 206 Seniors (65 and over), 3,233 Women, 430 People who need assistance with core activities, 3,681 Households with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person(s) and 1,827 Families with children - defined as Household with children in family

Community Leadership

Significant Areas

Connecting the Community

Life Long Learning

Economic Participation

Health and Wellbeing

Housing

Justice

Strength in Community by Leah Brideson

Strength in Community by Leah Brideson

Leah Brideson is a self-taught Aboriginal artist born in Canberra, and is a descendent of the Kamilaroi people from her Grandmother’s country in Gunnedah, Breeza and Quirindi. She is mother to two young children and also works as an Indigenous Education Officer in ACT public schools, supporting students, teachers, family and community, primarily through the arts. Her pieces are a ‘visual yarn’, providing an opportunity for people to connect with the stories and meaning behind her work. A great deal of her artistic vision and inspiration comes from the changing landscapes in this region.

Ms Brideson’s ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement artwork is titled ‘Strength in Community’, and depicts the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, as represented by the two meeting places next to the centre circle and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as represented in the centre.

The pathways represent journeys of growth of understanding and the strong relationship building of our families and community. The four outer circles represent the Ngunnawal, Ngarigo, Ngambri and our neighbouring countries and the knowledge they hold, share and bring to our community. The central meeting place symbolises our community working together to build strength in culture, family, identity and community. The outer design represents the local ACT landscape, the connection we have with our land, the importance of caring for country and an acknowledgement of our ancestors who continue to guide us. The painting is rich in the colours of the ACT landscape and the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

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