Shared decision making
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must be able to make decisions about policies that affect their lives and communities.
The NSW Government and NSW CAPO, as representatives of Aboriginal communities, have agreed joint governance arrangements to develop,
implement and monitor NSW’s plan to Closing the Gap. These joint governance arrangements make up the NSW Partnership for Closing the Gap.
NSW Joint Council
The NSW Joint Council (NSWJC) is the key decision-making group overseeing the planning and implementation of the National Agreement on
Closing the Gap in NSW.
It is jointly chaired by:
- the NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. David Harris
- and the chair of NSW CAPO, Councillor Anne Dennis, NSWALC, and John Leha, AbSec.
- All NSW CAPO members
- Secretary, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
The group is supported by:
- Deputy Secretary, Aboriginal Affairs NSW Group Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Executive Director, Closing the Gap and Voice, Aboriginal Affairs NSW Group Department of Premier and Cabinet
- CEO of NSW Aboriginal Land Council.
The NSW Partnership Working Group, made up of NSW Government senior executives across all clusters, NSW CAPO members, and representatives
from the National Indigenous Australians Agency, Local Government NSW, and the NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances.
The principles underpinning the NSWJC are: