Aboriginal Affairs Framework and Report
What does the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework do?
The Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework (VAAF) brings the Victorian Government and Aboriginal community commitments and efforts together, in order to create a better future for Victoria's Aboriginal community by closing the gap across 6 key areas.
Importantly, the VAAF recognises and values Aboriginal culture and significant cultural issues in the Victorian Aboriginal community. It identifies the responsibilities of government departments, agencies, funded services and private services providers. This helps effectively monitor and measure all efforts to ensure they are achieving the best outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.
The VAAF was released on 22 November 2012.
6 Strategic Action Areas
The VAAF focuses effort and resources on 6 Strategic Action Areas (SAAs) that are central to closing the gap in Aboriginal disadvantage. Through the VAAF the Government has committed to 12 headline indicators with targets.
1. Maternal and early childhood health and development
The health of mothers and babies during pregnancy and in early childhood can have a significant and far reaching effect on children's survival, development and wellbeing well into adult years.
2. Education and training
Successful education and training outcomes enable more Aboriginal Victorians to have increased choice, economic opportunity and healthier and more prosperous lives.
3. Economic participation
More opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians to secure jobs or operate business enterprises builds self esteem, economic wealth, positive role models and contributes to Victoria's economy.
4. Health, housing and wellbeing
A healthy start to life, with access to stable housing and accessible health services, are important for improving a person’s health outcomes and overall quality of life in later years.
5. Safe families and communities and equitable justice outcomes
Reducing Aboriginal over-representation in the justice system and providing for safer families and communities are essential platforms for enabling all Aboriginal Victorians to achieve their cultural, economic and social aspirations.
6. Strong culture, engaged people and confident communities
Stronger appreciation and awareness of Aboriginal culture can foster confidence and resilience, as well as connections and respect across the Victorian community.
Progress on closing the gap
For updates on, and analysis of, progress against key targets and measures towards closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians read the Victorian Government Aboriginal Affairs Report 2016.
Key Aboriginal stakeholders have reflected on Victoria's progress, and their thoughts are included in this Report.
The VAAF provides for joined up responses across priority areas to strengthen Aboriginal self-determination.
The VAAF is available below:
Previous Victorian Government Aboriginal Affairs reports can be viewed on the Aboriginal Victoria policy publications page.
How does this tie in with Federal Government work to close the gap?
The Victorian and Australian Governments, through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), are committed to implementing the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA). The Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework is consistent with the NIRA and is how Victoria is delivering on efforts to close the gaps.
In 2010, Victoria and the Commonwealth agreed to an Overarching Bilateral Indigenous Plan (OBIP) to support joint effort to implement the NIRA in Victoria. Current priorities include economic development and support for vulnerable Aboriginal children and families.
The NIRA and bilateral plan are available at the below links:
Indigenous Affairs is a standing item at each COAG meeting. Follow this link for the latest COAG meeting outcomes.