Reconciliation Statement of Intent
recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first Australians;
recognises the unique cultural and spiritual relationship Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have with the land and sea;
recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people believe in the importance of “social, emotional, spiritual and cultural well-being of the whole community, which is a whole life view” and accordingly, community and social services should aim to bring about a reality of every individual achieving their full potential thereby bringing about total well-being for all communities;
acknowledges that achieving the best “social, emotional, spiritual and cultural well-being” outcomes will require a combined effort from a range of services and sectors, and effective partnerships at national, state, regional and local levels;
supports and encourages the ongoing need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to engage and participate in areas of planning and development of services that contribute to improving Indigenous outcomes;
recognises the positive impact on the outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees are part of the community service delivery and where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are involved in planning the services that establish long term management regimes that safeguard the biodiversity and ecosystems and cultural heritage of their land;
affirms its commitment to reconciliation and will work toward the vision of “A united Australia, which respects this land of ours, values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and provides justice and equity for all”.
Last updated: 9 December 2020
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