New Aboriginal governance and accountability framework for DHHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is establishing a new Aboriginal governance and accountability framework to support and embed Aboriginal leadership and self-determination in health, wellbeing and safety. The Framework will ensure joint leadership between Aboriginal communities and the department, to guide and oversee Aboriginal policies, programs and initiatives.

The process has commenced with an Aboriginal Roundtable and Aboriginal Caucus and will continue with Community Conversations, in Colac and Geelong in May and June, for communities to determine their health, wellbeing and safety priorities. The Barwon Area Aboriginal Governance Committee (BAAGC) will be established to oversee this important work.

The new BAAGC will develop and oversee a Barwon Area Action Plan, identify emerging issues and opportunities for community, and will be linked to a statewide Aboriginal forum.  

This approach will provide meaningfully involvement for Aboriginal communities and ensure their views and voices drive decisions around policy development, resource allocation, and program and service design to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people in our region.

DHHS embrace the spirit of self-determination and reconciliation and through the establishment of this new Aboriginal governance framework, are working towards equality of outcomes and ensuring an equitable voice for Aboriginal community in Barwon.