SNAICC has developed this resource with the aims of introducing organisations to the importance of genuine inter-agency partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous service providers. This resource provides an overview of the principles and practices that are effective to create and sustain genuine inter-agency partnerships and aims to introduce service providers to the range of best practice materials available to support services in genuine partnership development.
- Significant time needs to be spent building relationships and cultural understanding between staff, organisations and community. Develop cultural competence and safety in service delivery, and recognising non-Indigenous approaches are often not the best way to engage and support Indigenous families.
- During partnerships, consult with local community, and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and professionalism. Empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to lead the response to child and family needs.
- Ensure the building of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, organisation and workforce capacity.
Genuine partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and nonIndigenous service providers are important because they can support the creation of an environment in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities can work towards self-determination – the collective right of peoples to determine and control their own destiny.