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NGO roundtable to deliver Closing the Gap outcomes

The NSW Government will host an Aboriginal roundtable to discuss recommendations to achieve positive change for Aboriginal leaders, employees and services within non-government sectors across the State.

Aboriginal NGO leaders and stakeholders will meet with Government decision-makers and a panel of social services organisations on Tuesday 16 August at the Redfern Community Centre to exchange feedback and ideas on Closing the Gap priority reforms and targets.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin said the roundtable will provide the opportunity to work closely with key organisations to contribute to targets and outcomes towards Closing the Gap.

“This important roundtable will bring social sector organisations together to discuss opportunities and challenges to further support Aboriginal community run organisations, improve service delivery for Aboriginal people in NSW and expand Aboriginal employment opportunities within the sector,” Mr Franklin said.

“I look forward to exploring these important topics which will lead to the design of new measures to support the NSW social services sector and improve outcomes for Aboriginal people across NSW.”

NSW Council of Social Service CEO Joanna Quilty said the social services sector is part of the fast-growing health care and social assistance industry.

“With thousands of government funded organisations working across NSW and with Aboriginal communities, this roundtable is a great opportunity to investigate how the sector can better support the growth of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations as well as Aboriginal employment and leadership in non-indigenous organisations,” Ms Quility said.

Hosting regular roundtables with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners, organisations and those providing services to communities is one of the NSW Government’s 2021-22 Closing the Gap commitments.

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