Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Aboriginal Advisory Panel to provide expertise to government

    12/10/2018 12:00 PM
     
    • Expressions of interest open to join Minister's Aboriginal Advisory Panel
    • The Aboriginal Advisory Panel will provide cultural and expert advice to the Minister for Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence

    Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk is calling for expressions of interest to join a new Aboriginal Advisory Panel to help inform government decisions affecting Aboriginal children, families and communities.

     

    The panel of up to 20 members will provide cultural and expert advice to the Minister on how to effectively respond to issues, including child protection and stopping family and domestic violence.

     

    It will include respected Aboriginal people from a variety of backgrounds from across the State who will be called upon to take part in working groups, consult with the community and propose culturally appropriate solutions to specific issues.

     

    Areas that panel members may be called on to provide advice include:

    • A review of the Children and Community Services Act;
    • Consult on the 10 Year Strategy for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence;
    • Cultural perspective on the Western Australian Women's Strategy; and
    • State-wide Aboriginal child protection advice and representation.

    The initial term of appointment will be for a period of up to two years.

     

    Aboriginal people are encouraged to consider submitting their resume and provide information on their particular areas of experience, knowledge and skills relevant to the Minister's portfolios. 

     

    Expressions of interest are being sought until November 23, 2018.

     

    For more information, visit http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/aboriginal-advisory-panel

     

    Comments attributed to Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:

     

    "This Government is committed to working with Aboriginal people on issues that affect them and that is why I have decided to establish an Aboriginal Advisory Panel of people who have the knowledge, experience and cultural expertise to provide advice on a range of issues within my portfolios.

     

    "Some of the issues facing Aboriginal communities are complex, and government does not have all of the answers.

     

    "Engaging Aboriginal people in proposing culturally appropriate and responsive solutions to these issues is the cornerstone of delivering better outcomes for Aboriginal communities."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6600