Under the Local Land Services Act 2013 Local Land Services is responsible for
- communicating, consulting and engaging with the Aboriginal community
- including the Aboriginal community, to encourage participation in relation to the delivery of local land services.
It is critical for LLS to develop strong partnerships with local Aboriginal communities. The Local Land Services Act 2013 establishes the framework for consulting and engaging with the Aboriginal community in relation to the delivery of all local land services.
The 2011 Census shows that 208,364 Aboriginal people live in New South Wales - this is 31% of the Australian Aboriginal population. In NSW, 95% of Aboriginal people live in regional areas or major cities - unlike any other part of Australia.
Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan
The Local Land Services Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan PDF, 8662.38 KB demonstrates our commitment to improving reconciliation. It clearly identifies ways to foster partnerships and relationships that focus on:
- embracing diversity
- enhancing respect
- providing equitable opportunities for and with First Nations people across NSW.
It was developed with input from more than 2,700 individuals and local Aboriginal groups as the result of 57 consultations across NSW to help develop practical actions to build respectful relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In 2018 the Local Land Services Board endorsed our Reconciliation Statement PDF, 1329.07 KB, which clearly communicates our intent to improve reconciliation within the organisation. The Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan provides the detail of how this intention will become reality in our day to day operations.
The Local Land Services Aboriginal engagement strategy
We will develop a strategy for engaging with the Aboriginal community where our services are concerned.
The strategy will use a strengths-based approach to involve Aboriginal community groups in building a partnership with Local Land Services. Its aim is to develop a strong and shared foundation to assist the regions in developing their own Aboriginal community engagement processes.