Jobs Events Advertise

SNAICC supports Productivity Commission's Closing the Gap findings

Dechlan Brennan -

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) says they support the "blunt" findings and recommendations of the Productivity Commission's report, which found governments across Australia have largely not fulfilled their commitments under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

SNAICC said they agreed with the recommendations to drive progress and improve life outcomes under the agreement, with the report arguing governments nationwide needed to move away from a 'business-as-usual' mindset and embrace power-sharing arrangements.

SNAICC chief executive and Arnette/Luritja woman, Catherine Liddle said the Productivity Commission's report pulled no punches, which found governments "failed to fully grasp the nature and scale of change".

"This is not just about resourcing, though adequate funding is vital to making sure changes are driven and they hit the ground to have real, positive impact on lives and in communities," Ms. Liddle said.

"There must also be a commitment on behalf of all governments to substantially shift the way they operate, think about and interact with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations (ACCOs)."

Ms Liddle said SNAICC - as a founding member of the Coalition of Peaks - entered the National Agreement in 2020 "in good faith" and said there was a hope government changes would drive transformational change for Indigenous people.

She argued that, despite the best efforts of SNAICC and other ACCOs, this had yet to happen.

"It's past time all Governments got serious about changing the way they work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations," Ms Liddle said.

"The Productivity Commission was blunt in its assessment that without fundamental change the Agreement will fail. Australia cannot afford to keep failing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children."

The SNAICC chief executive thanked the Productivity Commission, especially commissioners Natalie Siegel-Brown and Djugun man Romlie Mokak.

"The Commissioners have championed our calls for real change in the way all governments do business with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations, and we would like to particularly thank outgoing Commissioner Romlie Mokak for his efforts," Ms Liddle said.

"Their report makes it clear that governments and their decision-makers do not know best when it comes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We know what works best for us."

SNAICC said they were looking forward to further discussion on the recommendations from the commission that the National Agreement needed to be amended in order to better drive change and achieve beneficial outcomes.

"We are looking forward to the Prime Minister's statement next week on the anniversary of the National Apology," Ms Liddle said.

"SNAICC urges the PM to be bold and create a path for real change to address the entrenched disadvantage that exists for our children and families."

   Related   

'Concerning' NT land council referred to integrity body
The federal government is set to investigate allegations of misconduct at the Anindilyakwa Land Council after a damning audit....
Neve Brissenden 24 Feb 2024
Victorian First Peoples Art and Design Fair looks to bring 'whole gamut' on debut in 2025
Inaugural Victorian First Peoples Arts and Design Fair senior project manager Janina Harding has “big plans” for seeing creative...
Jarred Cross 24 Feb 2024
Rolfe recorded 46 use-of-force incidents during stint
A Northern Territory police officer who shot dead an Indigenous teenager recorded 46 use-of-force incidents between 2016 and 201...
Neve Brissenden 23 Feb 2024
Man involved in Old Parliament House fire avoids prison
A man involved in a blaze at Old Parliament House that caused millions of dollars in damage has been sentenced to an 18-month su...

   Dechlan Brennan   

Experts say MP's approach to NT youth crime is not evidence-based
Experts have criticised calls from Labor MP Marion Scrymgour for the NT to show “tough love” to juvenile offenders, arguing her...
Dechlan Brennan 23 Feb 2024
Mick Gooda says PM should have adopted "watered down" Voice to secure bipartisan support
Former Australian Human Rights Commissioner and prominent Yes campaigner Mick Gooda says the Prime Minister and fellow Yes campa...
Dechlan Brennan 23 Feb 2024
First Nations Business Trade Fair back in Naarm
The First Nations Business Trade Fair in Naarm was held on Wednesday, on the banks of the Birrarung (Yarra River). Hosted by Su...
Dechlan Brennan 23 Feb 2024
'There need to be consequences for actions' : Legal groups condemn NSW police after guilty officer keeps job
Legal groups in NSW say they are concerned a police officer found guilty of assaulting an Indigenous teenager is still employed...
Dechlan Brennan 22 Feb 2024