Solution Brokerage is an initiative of OCHRE, the NSW Government’s community-focused plan for Aboriginal affairs.
Under the Premier’s memorandum 2015-02 – Solution Brokerage, the Head of Aboriginal Affairs has the power to declare an issue to be one for
Solution Brokerage. Once an issue has been declared, an Officer In Charge is appointed to manage the development and implementation of a
response plan within six months.
Under Solution Brokerage, response plans can be tailored to match the complexity and scale of an issue. Responses are graded in three tiers.
A Tier One response is for local issues, specific to a community; Tier Two is for more complex local or regional issues, and Tier Three for
major policy reform, including state-wide issues.
The Premier’s memorandum empowers Aboriginal Affairs to coordinate Solution Brokerage across government and requires NSW Government agencies
to work flexibly with Aboriginal Affairs to implement Solution Brokerage response plans.
For an issue to be declared a Solution Brokerage issue, it must:
- Be a current issue
- Require several agencies to be engaged
- Have the potential to bring about significant benefit or avoid significant harm
- Be capable of a sustainable solution which can be implemented within six months
- Be managed within existing agency resources
The Solution Brokerage policy and operational framework sets out the whole-of-government operational and accountability arrangements for the
delivery of Solution Brokerage. The framework provides context and defines what solution brokerage is, how it will operate and the
requirement of NSW government agencies to actively participate.
Issues declared under Solution Brokerage
Eden Solution Brokerage
Lead agency: Aboriginal Affairs
Purpose: To resolve the long-standing issues for the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) from the 1999 Eden Regional
Forest Agreement including in relation to the management of public land, economic development opportunities and access to conservation lands
for cultural purposes.
Aboriginal Community Land and Infrastructure Project (ACLIP)
Lead agency: Department of Planning and Environment.
Purpose: To remove barriers in the planning system to improve the provision and ongoing management of municipal services in
59 Aboriginal communities, mainly located in remote and regional areas of the state. The project is exploring management and funding options
to ensure that Aboriginal communities enjoy the same levels of services that exist elsewhere in NSW. ACLIP is also identifying ways to
ensure the planning system better recognises the economic potential of land owned by local Aboriginal land councils. A response plan is
expected shortly from the department.
Status: The response plan is now being prepared.
Integrated early childhood model for the Murdi Paaki
Lead agencies: Department of Education (Early childhood) and Aboriginal Affairs
Purpose: To develop an integrated and sustainable early childhood service delivery model for the Murdi Paaki region.
Building community resilience in Bowraville
Lead agency: Department of Planning and Environment
Purpose: To respond to the complex needs of the Bowraville community following the murders of three Aboriginal children.
This project aims to resolve a broad range of issues identified through community consultation in relation to service accessibility,
community transport, economic opportunity, anti-social behaviour and isolation for Aboriginal people living in the Aboriginal mission
Status: A response plan is now being prepared following extensive consultation with the Bowraville community.