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This strategic plan sets priorities and measures to ensure that National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) operations and services create a place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can access opportunities to achieve excellence.

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE)’s Strategic Plan 2018-2020 outlines how the NCIE will contribute to the Indigenous Land Corpation’s (ILC) vision of growing and realising the potential of the Indigenous land estate, by aligning the NCIE’s operations with the priorities of the ILC to create value and benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In accordance with the ILC Divestment Policy, NCIE remains focussed on building a sustainable business model capable of supporting divestment to enable the property to be handed back to local land holder groups and traditional owners.

Key Findings:

  • NCIE takes a strengthsbased approach – with culture at the core – to deliver outcomes. They start from a place of excellence and build from a foundation of positives. They recognise and celebrate the existing and emerging strengths and assets in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • NCIE provides access to services that are designed and delivered by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. By providing a culturally safe and secure environment, participants can draw strength in their identity, culture and community.
  • Closing the gap in health equality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians in this generation is an agreed national priority. While health is improving against some measures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to experience higher than acceptable levels of chronic disease, which accounts for two-thirds of the health gap. There are many areas where further concerted effort is needed to accelerate progress and achieve improvements in health outcomes.
  • NCIE recognises the importance of training and employment in achieving better health, social, emotional and economic outcomes for individuals, families and communities. NCIE is committed to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at all levels of the business, and to support career progression.
  • Significant evidence supports high quality early intervention and learning programs having positive influences on community safety, school attendance and employment. Such programs work best when they are holistic, culturally safe, community-led and strengths based.
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