Review To Ensure Aboriginal Victorians Get A Real Chance And A Real Say

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs will be reviewed to help the Andrews Labor Government deliver its $30 million commitment to work with Aboriginal Victorians to improve their standard of living, maintain their culture and close the gap.

Former senior Victorian public servant Yehudi Blacher will undertake the review. Mr Blacher has extensive public sector expertise and has guided significant system and program reforms.

Mr Blacher led the establishment of the former Department of Victorian Communities (later the Department of Planning and Community Development) and was Secretary for more than nine years. During that time the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio was part of the Department.

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs is tasked with providing advice to the government on Aboriginal policy and planning and supporting the delivery of key programs and commitments.

The review will commence immediately and take up to three months.

The 2014 Aboriginal Affairs Report is expected to be released later this year to ensure it takes into account the outcome of the review, budget investment and community feedback.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins

“Labor’s made significant commitments to work with Aboriginal Victorians in areas such as closing the gap. We’re now reviewing the Office of Aboriginal Affairs to ensure we’re best placed to deliver on that.”

“With his extensive experience and knowledge, Mr Blacher, together with the Aboriginal community, will make sure we get the right framework in place to achieve results.”

“Aboriginal Victorians need to be at the centre of decision-making and have a greater say. We’re committed to working together towards a better future, and this is a step in that direction.”

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