Consultations for a proposed National Indigenous Representative Body

HREOC media release – 15 July 2008

The Australian Government is now seeking the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a proposed National Indigenous Representative Body.

FaHCSIA will be conducting consultation meetings in every state and the Northern Territory, including remote locations, from end of July until the end of August 2008. Consultations in regional areas will also cater for attendees from remote locations.

You can register your interest in attending one of the consultation meetings by calling 1800 202 366 or emailing: indigenousrepbody@fahcsia.gov.au

The consultations will be held in the following locations:

City: Melbourne
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall
Consultation Dates: 29 July
Registration dates close: 21 Jul

City: Hobart
Venue: Grand Chancellor Hotel
Consultation Dates: 30 July
Registration dates close: 21 July

City: Adelaide
Venue: The Shores, Glenelg
Consultation Dates: 5 August
Registration dates close: 22 July

City: Ceduna
Venue: TWT Sporting Complex
Consultation Dates: 6 August
Registration dates close: 22 July

City: Geraldton
Venue: African Reef Resort
Consultation Dates: 5 August
Registration dates close: 22 July

City: Kalgoorlie
Venue: tba
Consultation Dates: 8 August
Registration dates close: 22 July

City: Broome
Venue: Cable Beach Resort
Consultation Dates: 11 August
Registration dates close: 29 July

City: Darwin
Venue: Crowne Plaza
Consultation Dates: 19 August
Registration dates close: 29 July

City: Alice Springs
Venue: Voyages Alice Springs Resort
Consultation Dates: 21 August
Registration dates close: 29 July

City: Sydney
Venue: Stamford Plaza, Sydney Airport
Consultation Dates: 18 August
Registration dates close: 29 July

City: Dubbo
Venue: Dubbo RSL
Consultation Dates: 19 August
Registration dates close: 29 July

City: Broken Hill
Venue: tba
Consultation Dates: tba
Registration dates close: tba

City: Brisbane
Venue: Mercure Hotel
Consultation Dates: 25 August
Registration dates close: 8 August

City: Mt Isa
Venue: tba
Consultation Dates: 27 August
Registration dates close: 8 August

City: Cairns
Venue: tba
Consultation Dates: tba
Registration dates close: tba

City: Torres Strait
Venue: tba
Consultation Dates: tba
Registration dates close: 8 August

Other locations for smaller consultations are currently being considered.

Written submissions can also be provided. The closing date for written submissions is 19 September 2008.

For more information about the Government’s consultations on a proposed National Indigenous Representative Body, please visit the FaHCSIA website at: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/indigenous/repbody.htm

To assist in considering relevant issues for a National Indigenous Representative Body, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, released an Issues Paper on 12 July 2008 titled: Building a Sustainable National Indigenous Representative Body.

This detailed background research covers:

– details on the history of Indigenous representative organisations in Australia, including some of the pros and cons of those models;

– what’s happening in other countries; and

– possible key issues to be considered, including detailed questions that might help individuals and organisations in their discussions and deliberations.

The Issues paper is available at: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/repbody/index.html or can be emailed to you by calling 1800 202 366.