When the Liberal Government came to office in 2014 we committed to re-setting the relationship with the Aboriginal community.
Today marks another step in that process with the Tasmanian Government signing a Statement of Intent in partnership with the Tasmanian Regional Aboriginal Communities Alliance (TRACA), representing seven different Aboriginal community organisations from around the State.
The Statement of Intent commits the signatories to working collaboratively for enriched cultural, social, economic and political participation by member organisations and the families and communities they represent.
Better pathways for participation by Aboriginal people in decision-making and policy development processes will lead to better outcomes for Aboriginal people and the whole Tasmanian community.
This enhanced engagement will support the continuation of the gains made and we acknowledge the contribution of the TRACA members for their for their positive engagement with the government.
The Tasmanian Government will also provide funding to support TRACA in meeting the costs associated with governance, engagement, representation and advisory functions.
The Tasmanian Government has moved decisively to recognise all Tasmanian Aboriginals under an inclusive eligibility policy, to change our Constitution to acknowledge the first Tasmanians, and have dramatically strengthened penalties to protect Aboriginal heritage.
Today marks the next positive step in our working positively together with Aboriginal communities across the State.