One of the six strategies in our recent Strategic Plan 2019-2022 is ‘Learning From and Supporting Aboriginal People’. This is supported by the recent launch of our ‘Stretch’ Reconciliation Action Plan.
We recognise Aboriginal peoples as unique among all Australians in their ancient sovereignty over this land and its waters. We believe that reconciliation is the responsibility of modern Australia in acknowledging the historical context of injustice. We believe the biggest impact we can have to drive better outcomes for Aboriginal people is through ensuring our services are culturally appropriate, partnering with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (‘ACCOs’) and supporting Aboriginal employment.
Aboriginal Advisory Group Expression of Interest
Anglicare WA has had an Elders Council (previously Aboriginal Reference Group) for 17 years. In the context of our new Strategic Plan and our latest RAP, this group is now evolving into an Aboriginal Advisory Group (AAG). The Terms of Reference for the AAG are available below.
The AAG will assist Anglicare WA to break new ground in our relationships with and services to Aboriginal people and communities across Western Australia. It will provide advice and guidance to the CEO and Executive of Anglicare WA in relation to strengthening
relationships with ACCOs, progressing our RAP and providing feedback on our policies, services and advocacy priorities.
Anglicare WA is seeking to appoint up to six Aboriginal members of the AAG, with a mix of ages and geographic representation to reflect our service footprint. We are seeking individuals with experience in ACCO leadership, the community services sector and/or similar sized organisations.
Membership is for three years, with an opportunity to renew for a further term. The AAG will meet at least three times per year (once with the Board),
either in person or via video conference to provide advice to the CEO and Executive. There may also be ad hoc discussions
between meetings depending on a member’s areas of expertise. Members will be paid $100/hour for their time.
Anglicare WA has put structures in place to ensure that we act upon advice received from the AAG. This includes the appointment of a Diversity and Inclusion Lead to oversee implementation of our RAP, and the appointment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Lead, to provide operational support to engage with Aboriginal stakeholders, internal and external.
We also have an internal RAP Committee, chaired by a member of the Executive, to oversee the implementation of our Stretch RAP.
If you are interested in joining the Anglicare WA AAG, please complete the below form by 29 February 2020. If you require further information or assistance in completing this form, please contact:
Diversity & Inclusion Lead
Once we hear from you we will be in touch to talk about your interest.
Selection will be based on the skills, knowledge, community connection and experience the applicant will bring to the committee. Applicants will be notified in writing of the result of their expression of interest by the end of March 2020.