SVA have developed an evidence-informed perspective on the actions required to achieve reconciliation, underpinned by identified drivers of better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These include:

  1. Cultural identity: First Australian cultural perspectives must be incorporated into our collective identity to inform all aspects of system design and service delivery.
  2. Self-determination: while state and federal governments have a role in setting a coordinated national policy framework, they must be prepared to cede some decision-making authority and management responsibility, allowing First Australian communities to assume greater control of their futures.
  3. Engagement: government is flexible and responsive, with the capacity to innovate and effectively engage with First Australian communities.
  4. Strong foundations: First Australians help shape, and have equal opportunities and support to achieve sustainable social, cultural and economic participation.


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