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Strengthening accountability and advocacy in Aboriginal affairs

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Strengthening Accountability and Advocacy in Aboriginal Affairs

In June 2018 the Hon Ben Wyatt MLA, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, called on the community to provide feedback on a proposal for a new statutory office to:

  • strengthen government’s accountability to Aboriginal Western Australians, and 
  • advocate for Aboriginal people’s interests in government policy and performance.

Read the Minister’s media statement: New move to strengthen government accountability in Aboriginal affairs

The Government believes that its efforts to strengthen accountability will be most effective if they are designed with input from the people they are intended to serve – Aboriginal people, communities and organisations. The views of the wider community are also valued and welcomed, including community services and advocacy organisations, industry bodies, and government agencies at Commonwealth, State and local levels.

The discussion paper below explained the Government's reasons for the proposal, describing some basic features the proposed office would have, and seeking public input on the general idea as well as specific elements of the proposal.

In total, the State Government received a total of 77 written submissions and held 43 verbal discussions about the proposal. In July 2019, it released a Community Feedback Report, which outlined the main ideas and concerns raised through the feedback process.

Feedback received in response to the discussion paper will now inform a model for the new office that will be considered by the Government. It is anticipated that new funding and supporting legislation will be required, therefore the proposal will be contingent on budgetary and Parliamentary processes.

Discussion Paper

Community Information sheet


Community Feedback

For more information, please contact the Aboriginal Policy and Coordination Unit on:

Telephone: (08) 6552 5444



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.