A new leadership group of nine co-chairs, known as the Senior Management Council’s Aboriginal Affairs Executive Committee, has been announced to lead four State Government “working groups”.
Department for Correctional Services Director, Aboriginal Services Scharlene Lamont and Department of Treasury and Finance Chief Executive David Reynolds will oversee the Over-Representation of Aboriginal South Australians in the Criminal Justice System working group.
Metropolitan Senior Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Worker, Women’s and Children’s Health Network Judith Lovegrove, will help lead a Building Capacity in Vulnerable Families Working Group alongside Department of Human Services Aboriginal Child Wellbeing Practitioner Lisa Hanson-Agius and Department for Energy and Mining Chief Executive Paul Heithersay.
An Economic Participation (Employment and Procurement) working group will be co-chaired by SA Housing Authority Senior Manager, Aboriginal Partnerships Loretta Romeo and Department for Child Protection CE Cathy Taylor.
Supporting the Growth in Community Controlled Organisations working group will be co-chaired by Donna Robb the Principal Leadership Development Advisor with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment and Department for Education Rick Persse.
In a statement, the State Government said the Committee was established to improve outcomes for Aboriginal South Australians.
“The Aboriginal Affairs Executive Committee seeks to establish a mechanism where decision makers are supplied with the tools and information they need from leading Aboriginal public servants to ensure appropriate opportunities exist for them to provide considered, collective input into legislative or administrative measures that impact upon them,” the statement said.
It said working group membership was being finalised by the co-chairs and would draw on candidates from across the public service.