Government Services for Indigenous Australians
- Australian Human Rights Commission - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commission
The Commission's role includes reviewing the impact of laws and policies on Indigenous Australians, reporting on Indigenous social justice and native title developments and promoting an Indigenous perspective for relevant issues. In addition, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner works to ensure human rights for Indigenous Australians are observed.
- Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
AIATSIS is an independent Commonwealth Government statutory authority devoted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. It is Australia's premier institution for information about the past and present of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Centrelink Indigenous Services
Information for Indigenous Australians about the services and assistance available. You can also view the Individuals section of the website for more services that may be available.
- Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
FaHCSIA is the Australian Government's lead coordination agency in Indigenous affairs and has a range of programs to assist Indigenous Australians. The Department facilitates a whole of government approach and collaborates with other agencies in developing national Indigenous policies. See this site for a listing of Indigenous Coordination Centres.
- Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages (FATSIL)
National body for community based Indigenous language programs in Australia. The organisation was established in 1991 in response to the Australian Language and Literacy Policy to promote the maintenance, retrieval and revival of Indigenous languages through the support of community based language programs. Provides a link to the online Aboriginal Languages of Australia Library.
- National Native Title Tribunal
The National Native Title Tribunal assists people to resolve native title issues over land and waters. Set up under the Native Title Act, the Tribunal is a federal government agency and is part of the Attorney-General's portfolio. The Western Australian Office of Native Title is also a good place to start for Native Title matters relating to Western Australia.
For more information about Australian Government Indigenous programs and services see their Indigenous Portal.
Government of Western Australian
- Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
A rich web resource that acts as a 'one-stop info-shop' for access to policy, programs, reports and services provided by a range of Government and Non-Government service providers and people interested in improving the health of Indigenous Australians. The site provide quality, up-to-date knowledge and information about many aspects of Indigenous health and supports Yarning Places (electronic networks) that encourage information-sharing and collaboration among people working in health and related sectors. Supported by Edith Cowan Universities Kurongkurl Katitjin, the School of Indigenous Australian Studies.
- Department of Education and Training - Aboriginal Education and Training Directorate
The focus of the Directorate is to accelerate the educational outcomes of Indigenous students, as well as to provide support to education providers and community involvement in Indigenous education and training. The Directorate operates across the Government education sector, TAFEWA and the independent training sector in Western Australia. The site includes links to the Aboriginal Perspectives Across the Curriculum and other focused educational programs.
- Department of Health
The State Government has a strong interest in the health of Indigenous Australians and supports this interest with a wide range of services. In addition to the wide range of health care services provided, the State also funds various high priority projects that are aimed at improving health and disease prevention for families and environmental health in remote communities.
- Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA)
DIA engages with Indigenous Australians and all levels of Government to improve service delivery and facilitates the development of policy and programs which deliver sustainable economic, environmental and social benefits to Indigenous communities. The site provides contacts for their six regional offices and background information about Indigenous communities. Services and programs they support include Redress WA, Reconciliation Action Plans and the Finding Your Mob family history program. They also publish Closing the Gap, a regular newsletter to provide the latest news and information on issues affecting the State's Indigenous communities.
- Legal Aid Services
Legal Aid is a Western Australian Government website which offers information and contacts for legal advice and support for all Western Australians. A section of their website is devoted to Indigenous-specific information and contacts.
For more information about Western Australian Government agency programs and services for Indigenous Australians you can search the government directory at wa.gov.au.
Page last updated: Monday 13 August 2012