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Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Reform

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Issue Date:1/07/2015
Review Date:1/07/2017

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Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Reforms


The aim of the Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Reforms (the Reforms) is to drive improved outcomes for Aboriginal youth and increased effectiveness of Government expenditure on all programs and services provided to Aboriginal youth.

The Reforms are to be implemented through the application of Investment Priorities and Principles (IPP) for Aboriginal Youth.  The IPP apply to all programs and services provided to Aboriginal youth (including statutory responsibilities), delivered either directly by State agencies and authorities or through State funded non‑government service providers.  Implementation of the Reforms is to be phased in from 1 July 2015, with new arrangements put in place as existing arrangements expire.  Full application of the Reforms is required as soon as practicable and no later than 30 June 2017.  The IPP should be applied in a manner consistent with the Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy (DCSPP).

Agencies and authorities are required to develop Agency Transition Plans (ATP) outlining implementation of the IPP for all programs and services provided to Aboriginal youth.  ATPs are to detail how agencies and authorities will implement:

  • the alignment of all programs and services provided to Aboriginal youth to the IPP;

  • collaborative funding and procurement arrangements with the Aboriginal youth services sector;

  • the IPPs at the local level;

  • a review of contract arrangements to ensure they align with the IPP; and

  • milestones or indicators for each of the above.

It is mandatory for all State agencies and authorities to apply the Reforms. State agencies and authorities should also give strong consideration to applying the IPP to all spending that directly or indirectly targets both Aboriginal and non‑Aboriginal youth outcomes. 


In July 2013 the Aboriginal Affairs Cabinet Sub‑Committee (AACSC) requested a review of Government expenditure on Aboriginal youth programs and services.  The objectives of the Aboriginal Youth Expenditure Review (the Review) were to identify the amount of funding allocated to such programs, assess their effectiveness and identify systemic issues.

The Review's findings included complex policy and service delivery environments; fragmented and short term funding; poor or patchy service design; and a lack of robust evaluation.

Based on the findings of the review, on 30 June 2014 the AACSC endorsed a proposal to reform Government investment in services for Aboriginal youth, including the IPP.

The IPP have been developed by the DPC in consultation with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and other key stakeholders, and are consistent with the DCSPP.

For further information, please refer to the Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Reforms documentation.


Colin Barnett MLA



For enquiries contact:

Tom Leeming, Executive Director
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
(08) 6552 5354 or

Other relevant Circular/s:2011/01
Circular/s replaced by this Circular:


Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.