Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Australia comprise around 2.5 percent of the Australian population, or just over half a million people.
Many Indigenous Australians experience unacceptable levels of disadvantage in living standards, life expectancy, education, health and employment. Efforts to address these disadvantages drive development of Indigenous policy at national and state levels.
ACIL Allen Consulting works across the full spectrum of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy development with local, state and territory governments, and the Commonwealth government, along with private and community sector partners. We work in the areas of health, justice, education, training and employment, early childhood and youth development, economic development and community services, including housing, liquor licensing and mental health.
We undertake policy and program reviews and evaluations, strategic and organisational reviews, strategy and policy development, and capacity building activities to support mainstream and specialist program delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
ACIL Allen Consulting strongly supports the Australian Government’s National Indigenous Reform Agreement (Closing the Gap) policy agenda. We were the first medium-sized firm in Australia to work with Reconciliation Australia to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan. We also work with indigenous communities and Reconciliation Australia pro bono as part of our commitment to corporate community investment.
How ACIL Allen Consulting can help you
We work across all jurisdictions in Australia, and have developed an approach to consulting appropriately with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people built on foundations of respect, building trusting relationships, working through community leaders, being sensitive to community timeframes and priorities, and acknowledging cultural norms. This has been applied to recent work in remote communities.
Services provided by ACIL Allen Consulting include:
- assessing policy reform impacts on Indigenous health, education, housing and public safety
- reviewing and evaluating Indigenous programs and service provision
- engaging with Indigenous people and other stakeholders (such as service providers) in remote and regional locations, using a mix of formal and informal approaches to inform place-based policy
- analysing service coordination and community engagement including mainstream and targeted services
- collecting, analysing and synthesising input from a large and diverse range of stakeholders including Indigenous communities, service providers, and local, state and territory governments, and the Commonwealth government
Our clients include the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; and the Attorney-General’s Department; the Northern Territory Departments of Housing, and Education and Training; the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment; the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; the Victorian Department of Human Services; the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs; Rio Tinto and the Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Corporation.
For further information about indigenous affairs consulting services, please contact Les Trudzik