Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands

    New move to strengthen government accountability in Aboriginal affairs

    7/06/2018 1:30 PM
    • Discussion paper launched on the establishment of a new independent office for Aboriginal people
    • Public comment period open until September 7, 2018 

    The McGowan Government is calling on the community to provide feedback on a proposal to create a new independent advocacy role for Aboriginal people.


    A discussion paper released today outlines two main roles for the position, including advocating for Aboriginal people's interests in government policy and performance, and strengthening government's accountability to Aboriginal Western Australians.


    The Government is seeking input from the public, particularly from Aboriginal people, communities and organisations, prior to making any decisions on the proposal.


    Submissions to the discussion paper will inform a model for the new position to be considered by the Government. If approved, legislation will be required to establish the position and provide it with statutory powers.


    To read the discussion paper and provide feedback, visit http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au


    Submissions close on September 7, 2018, with the Government to also conduct a range of consultation activities with key groups over the coming months.


    Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:


    "This discussion paper is the beginning of a conversation, explaining our priorities - setting out an idea that we think will bring some real improvements.


    "We believe the position will be most effective if it is designed with input from the people it is intended to serve - Aboriginal people, communities and organisations - which is why it is important we discuss this proposal, and the potential benefits, before we make any decisions.


    "Together with a range of new policy initiatives focused on improving outcomes and opportunities for Aboriginal people, I'm confident we can drive real change in the lives of Aboriginal people."


    Minister's office - 6552 5900