11 July 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs get a new office

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Rattenbury has been busy it seems. Today he announced both a new stand-alone office for for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (OATSIA), as well as the appointment of Robyn Forester as the new director for the office.

“The establishment of the centralised Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs will provide an enhanced coordination point for the ACT Government, and ensure that all business units within Government continue to work towards creating better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders ,” said Mr Rattenbury.

We know the only way to close the gap in health, education and housing is through social inclusion, participation and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people. It is hoped that the new office will provide the ACT Government with better opportunities to meet these targets.

“OATSIA sits within the Community Services Directorate which has, in consultation with theAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, identified a need for a centralised office within the ACT Government that will bring policy and program together in one section.

Ms Forester previous worked for the AFP’s workforce diversity team.

Ms Forester has strong relationships throughout the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and is an Aboriginal/Islander woman from Bundaberg.

“Strengthening the capacity of government to support Aboriginal and Torres Islander people is critical to achieving success and I am pleased to announce this new office during NAIDOC celebrations and as part of our ongoing commitment to this relationship,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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