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Lowitja Institute & VACCHO
Victorian Aboriginal Authority: To increase the accountability and outcomes of Victorian Government policies, programs and services that have a significant impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
This paper outlines the findings from an initial feasibility study for a new, Aboriginal-led, independent statutory accountability entity to strengthen oversight of Victorian Government programs for Aboriginal people – a Victorian Aboriginal Authority.
The aim of the feasibility study is to assess whether there was potential support, need and merit in the proposal for an Authority and, if there was, to identify some of the key operating principles and structures of an Authority. This paper also identifies issues for further discussion and recommended next steps.
The proposal for a new entity was put forward as a priority of the Koori Caucus of the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Partnership Forum as a key mechanism to promote the self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria.
In support of the Koori Caucus, the initial feasibility study and this paper have been prepared by the Lowitja Institute, working with Equity Economics, in partnership with VACCHO.