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Discussion paper

Are we mates yet? Agreement making between States and First Nations

Government relations with First Peoples Self-determination Treaties First Peoples New South Wales

OCHRE is the NSW Government’s plan for Aboriginal affairs. OCHRE represents an ongoing commitment to fundamentally change the relationship between the NSW Government and Aboriginal communities through agreement making.

To achieve a transformation in relationships, a greater understanding is required of what needs changing and how the changes can be achieved including the mechanisms enabling agreed change.

This research, undertaken in collaboration with Black Swan consulting, examines:

  • the purpose served by any changed relationship
  • what is needed to support positive change
  • the mechanisms and forms used to achieve the change
  • how self-government and self-determination under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) are understood and how these concepts support positive change
  • the various scales at which relationships are negotiated (e.g. National, State, regional, local)
  • the relationship between concepts of nation-building and community-building
  • variations in views between the major actors
Related Information

Aboriginal Affairs (NSW) About OCHRE (external link) https://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/our-agency/staying-accountable/ochre

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