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Strengthening Accountability and Advocacy in Aboriginal Affairs

The Hon Ben Wyatt MLA, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, is calling 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 explains the Government’s reasons for the proposal, describes some basic features the proposed office would have, and seeks public input on the general idea as well as specific elements of the proposal.

Feedback received in response to the discussion paper will 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

We want to hear from you

  1. What do you think of the Government's proposal?
    Do you have comments or suggestions?

  2. What should the name of the organisation be?
    Some previous suggestions include "Commissioner for accountability in Aboriginal affairs", "First Nations Voice", or "Advocate for Aboriginal people". You may have a completely different idea. Is there an Aboriginal language word that would work for all Aboriginal people in WA?

  3. How should Aboriginal people be involved in choosing the right person?
    There are many Aboriginal organisations in WA. Which should have a role in the appointment process? What that role should be?

To tell us what you think or ask questions, please contact the Aboriginal Policy Unit on:

Telephone: (08) 6552 5444


Please contact us before 7 September 2018 to make sure your views are taken into account.

As this is an open process, we will publish all written feedback online unless you ask us not to, and Freedom of Information laws will apply.

Click here to read the written submissions that have been received to date.


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.