Three years after the groundbreaking OCHRE plan for Aboriginal affairs was first introduced, the NSW Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ambitious targets for Aboriginal employment, education, business and home ownership.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said the third annual report on OCHRE shows more Aboriginal school leavers are transitioning to further study or employment, more students are studying an Aboriginal language, more Aboriginal people participating in government decision making and more Aboriginal businesses are supplying products and services to government.
“OCHRE is successful because it is plan that Aboriginal communities and the NSW Government created together,” said Mrs Williams.
“Now we are going beyond our initial targets, with plans underway to introduce Aboriginal languages legislation to Parliament next year.
“We have also finalised Growing NSW First Economy, a framework to grow Aboriginal economic prosperity.
“The Aboriginal economy is the first economy of NSW, with a history of trade and resource management dating back thousands of years.
“We need to ensure that the benefits of today’s strong NSW economy flow equally to its first people.
“That’s why we are building on the foundations of the Premier’s Priorities, with 12 concrete commitments for growth in Aboriginal jobs and employment, education and skills, and economic agency.
“These include ensuring more Aboriginal children get a quality early childhood education, more Aboriginal young people get a traineeship, and more Aboriginal families own their own home.”
MEDIA: Lema Samandar | Minister Williams | 0438 529 955View PDF of media release Go to OCHRE Annual Reports page View full report: OCHRE – Three Years On (2016)