Australian Local Government (ALGA) is proud to highlight the role local councils are playing in helping to ensure that they, and their communities, are more responsive to the needs of their Indigenous citizens.
The pursuit of social and economic justice compels agencies of government in all spheres to guarantee Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whatever their circumstances, equity of access to health, education, employment and other community services. The need to redress the social and economic disadvantage of Indigenous peoples is urgent.
Demonstrating leadership in this field is part of the responsibility of local councils and, while some councils are out there showing the way others are just starting.
Local Government recognises the need for a partnership with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. This includes direct participation of Indigenous Australians and their organisations in local and regional, economic and strategic planning and development. We hope that this site will assist your council to develop this partnership with Indigenous Australians.