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EOI – Project Officer, Mount Druitt

Expression of Interest

PROJECT OFFICER – PIRRU THANGKURAY (1 Position)

 Location: Mount Druitt

The NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc.  (NSW AECG) is seeking expressions of interest for a Project Officer to join the Pirru Thangkuray team, Pirru Thangkuray (Dream Strong) is a Cultural Engagement and Goal Setting Program with the aim to meet the Premiers Priority Increase the proportion of Aboriginal students attaining year 12 by 50% by 2023, while maintaining their cultural identity.

Type of Employment: Full time – 35 hours per week
Annual Salary: $72,800 Gross plus Superannuation

Requirements of the position

  • Aboriginality
  • A paid Working with Children’s Check is needed.
  • Current Driver’s License
  • Effective Communication and ability to work independently and as part of a team (Collectively)
  • Ability to engage and work with a variety of stakeholders
  • Understanding of Education and working with secondary students
  • Facilitate and deliver Cultural Engagement programs.
  • Willingness to deliver goal setting and other support programs.

The successful applicant will work across a targeted network of schools and communities. The Project Officer will be an employee of the NSW AECG INC. and will work in collaboration with the Pirru Thangkuray (Dream Strong) Cultural Engagement and Goal Setting Team.

Note: NSW AECG Inc. considers that being Aboriginal is a genuine occupational qualification under s 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

For further information please contact: Troy Freeburn Project Coordinator, Lismore Office on 0428 957 607 ">

How to apply for this position.

  1. A written Expression of Interest of no more than 2 pages, outlining your background, skills and experiences in relation to the requirement of the position as above. 
  1. Include the names and phone numbers of 2 referees.
 Applications due: 18th September 2020

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NSW AECG Inc NAIDOC Art Competition

NSW AECG Inc NAIDOC Art Competition

Entries for the NSW AECG NAIDOC 2020 Art Competition are now open. You are invited to submit your artwork reflecting the 2020 NAIDOC theme: Always Was, Always Will Be
Open to all students in years 3 to 10.

PRIZES

  • 1st Prize $150 + Art Pack
  • 2nd Prize $100 + Art Pack
  • 3rd Prize $50 + Art Pack

Terms and Conditions
Only one artwork per entry/person. All entries will be viewed and judged by the NSW AECG Committee. The artist acknowledges and agrees that their artwork may be copied or reproduced by the NSW AECG for educational purposes. The NSW AECG will acknowledge the artist for any reproduction. All entries must be received by 5:00pm AEDT 25th September 2020. Entries can be submitted via post (37 Cavendish Street, Stanmore NSW 2048 or email

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Government funding announced to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector to close the gap

Media release

6 August 2020

A joint funding pool is being established by Australian governments to strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector to deliver vital services to communities and help deliver on the commitments of Priority Reform Two under the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

The Commonwealth Government has announced an initial contribution of $46.5million over four years, with the Victorian Government adding an additional $3.3 million.

Lead Convener of the Coalition of Peaks, Pat Turner AM, said that the Coalition of Peaks welcomes the leadership of Ken Wyatt, the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Australians Minister, in establishing the fund.

“The Coalition of Peaks fought hard to put Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations at the centre of the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap. They deliver better services for our people, get better outcomes, protect our cultures and employ more First Nations people in their home communities,” Ms Turner said.

“This new funding for the initial delivery of Priority Reform Two will help strengthen and build the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector to deliver additional services to First Nations people, including in new areas like housing and early childhood.” Ms Turner said.

“The joint funding pool complements the commitments in the National Agreement on Priority Reform Two which will also bring additional funding to community-controlled organisations over time and provide more jobs for First Nations people.”  Ms Turner said.

Chair of SNAICC – A Voice for our Children, Muriel Bamblett, said, “This initial funding is just a start. We thank the Victorian Government for their early commitment. The Coalition of Peaks are looking forward to all governments stepping up and making their contribution.”

The design and implementation of the funding pool will be done in partnership between governments and the Coalition of the Peaks. These principles of partnership underpin the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and demonstrate a new way of working between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“The Coalition of Peaks are looking forward to working with all governments on agreeing priorities for the funding pool and making sure it delivers on what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people say is needed to strengthen our services on the ground.” Ms Bamblett said.

The funding comes on the heels of the unveiling of the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap which was signed last week.

The new National Agreement is built around four Priority Reform areas and outcomes:

  1. Shared decision-making: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are empowered to share decision-making authority with governments to accelerate policy and place-based progress on Closing the Gap through formal partnership arrangements.
  2. Building the community-controlled sector: There is a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector delivering high quality services to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country.
  3. Improving mainstream institutions: Governments, their organisations and their institutions are accountable for Closing the Gap and are culturally safe and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including through the services they fund.
  4. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led data: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to, and the capability to use, locally-relevant data and information to set and monitor the implementation of efforts to close the gap, their priorities and drive their own development.

To read the full new National Agreement on Closing the Gap, head to the Coalition of Peaks website: https://coalitionofpeaks.org.au/new-national-agreement-on-closing-the-gap/

NSW CAPO Media Release Support for National Agreement on Closing the Gap

 

NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations (NSW CAPO) has supported the National Agreement on Closing the Gap signed by the National Cabinet, the Australian Local Government Association and the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak organisations today.

The National Agreement signals a turning point in the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people and governments – one that is based on shared decision making on policies and programs that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s lives.

NSW CAPO came together with more than fifty other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled peak bodies to advocate for Aboriginal communities to bring change with how
governments were going about Closing the Gap.

Full media release: NSW CAPO Joint Media Release on New National Agreement on Closing the Gap

To read the full new National Agreement on Closing the Gap, head to the Coalition of Peaks website: https://coalitionofpeaks.org.au/new-national-agreement-on-closing-the-gap/

National Agreement. Also available via the link: https://www.closingthegap.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/national-agreement-ctg.pdf?q=0720

 

The Joint Council to consider draft National Agreement on Closing the Gap

The Joint Council will consider the draft National Agreement on Closing the Gap today when it meets by teleconference this afternoon. This is the third meeting of the Joint Council.

The draft National Agreement has been negotiated between the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations (Coalition of Peaks), all Australian governments and the Australian Local Government Association.

The Lead Convener of the Coalition of Peaks, Ms Pat Turner AM, and Commonwealth Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt MP, met this morning as Co-Chairs of the Joint Council ahead of the meeting.

The draft National Agreement has been built around what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people say is needed to help close the gap. These insights were gathered during community engagements led by the Coalition of Peaks late last year.

“The Coalition of Peaks are expecting that the Joint Council will be focused on getting the best National Agreement possible, one that will have the greatest impact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” said Pat Turner AM, Lead Convener of the Coalition of Peaks; CEO of NACCHO and Co-Chair of the Joint Council.

Following the Joint Council’s consideration, the draft National Agreement is expected to be referred to the National Cabinet, the President of the Local Government Association and the Coalition of Peaks for approval before the end of July.

A communique from the Joint Council will be released once the meeting concludes this afternoon.

About the Joint Council

The Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap establishes a Joint Ministerial and Coalition of Peaks Council on Closing the Gap (Joint Council) with members from the Coalition of Peaks, a Minister from each state and territory government and the Commonwealth government, and a representative from the Australian Local Government Association.

Its role is to support national leadership, coordination and cooperation on Closing the Gap and provide advice to First Ministers, the President of Local of Government Association, and the Coalition of Peaks.

About the Coalition of Peaks

The Coalition of Peaks is a representative body of around fifty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled peak organisations and members. The Coalition of Peaks came together on their own as an act of self-determination to be formal partners with Australian governments on Closing the Gap.

Members are either national, state or territory wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled peak bodies including certain independent statutory authorities. Their governing boards are elected by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and / or organisations.

For more information on the Coalition of Peaks and to sign up for our mailing list, go to: www.coalitionofpeaks.org.au

For media enquiries contact: Jo Scard on 0457 725 953 or ">
Julia Macerola on 0422 337 332 or ">

Assistance Packages to Help Aboriginal Communities Impacted by Covid-19

Packages containing essential items like non-perishable foods and hygiene supplies will be provided to remote Aboriginal communities impacted by COVID-19 measures as part of a coordinated assistance effort by the NSW Government and NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC).

Aboriginal Affairs NSW Head Lil Gordon said the first tranche of packages – approximately 500 boxes – will commence delivery over the next week and would make an immediate impact to remote communities, where the nearest shops could be many kilometres away.

“We know that COVID-19 is impacting everyone across NSW, but we are also aware that there is an acute need in remote Aboriginal communities where access to basic food and hygiene supplies is challenging,” Ms Gordon said.

“We are working closely with a specially established Aboriginal Leadership Group to hear first-hand the challenges our communities are facing at this time and collaborate with our NSW Government partners to coordinate support and solutions to meet these challenges.”

Aboriginal Affairs NSW and Office of Emergency Management are working with the NSWALC to identify residents most in need and arrange the deliveries. Aboriginal people over 60 with Healthcare Concession Cards, who are living in communities particularly at risk of food security issues arising from COVID-19 measures, are eligible.

The partnership between NSW Government and NSWALC will continue to address critical food needs whilst these communities are being impacted by COVID19.

NSW ALC Chairperson Anne Dennis said the packages would provide some rapid relief to remote vulnerable Aboriginal communities.

“We’re working with local Aboriginal communities to ensure those most at risk and those most in need are delivered the food and hygiene packages, especially the elderly, frail, disabled and disadvantaged. By NSWALC partnering with the NSW Government, we’re able to give some meaningful assistance to the most at need in our most vulnerable communities,” Ms Dennis said.

“We are focusing on our Elders first and foremost, as they are our custodians of culture and truth, but there are more packages available and we encourage those vulnerable individuals in isolated communities to get in touch and find out if they can register for assistance.”

The assistance packages are part of a broader suite of tailored activities being undertaken by the NSW Government to support remote and vulnerable Aboriginal communities during this period.

More information, including details on how to register for the assistance package, is available at the NSWALC website – www.alc.org.au or by calling a new hotline on 1800 476 777, from 7am Tuesday 14 April 2020.

Cancelled Camps

Due to the health crisis of the Covid-19 outbreak, our camps in Term 1 and 2 have had to be cancelled this year.

These are:

  • SHOW Bonny Hills 2nd Camp – 29th – 30th April 2020 at The Francis Retreat, Bonnie Hills.
  • SHOW Albury, 5th – 6th May 2020 at the Great Aussie Holiday park, Albury.
  • Wiradjuri Language and Culture Camp, 14th – 15th May 2020 at Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre.
  • SHOW Narrabeen, 18th – 19th May 2020 at Narrabeen Sport and Recreation Centre.
  • STEM Lake Keepit, 28th – 29th May 2020 at Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Centre.
  • Gamilaraay Language and Culture 2nd Camp, 11th – 12th June 2020 at Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Centre.
  • STEM Jindabyne, 18th – 19th June 2020 at Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre.

All schools that have expressed interest for these camps should have been notified through email, if you have not please contact Kyara Nean on ">

The NSW AECG will continually update information on the re-booking of these camps again in the future.

We are sorry for any in convenience, it is a very challenging time and we appreciate your understanding.

If anyone has any questions please contact Kyara Nean, "> or on 0468 602 138.

STEM Camp: Lake Keepit 28th – 29th May 2020

Lake Keepit: 28th – 29th May 2020
The NSW AECG Inc. in conjunction with the Department of Education’s, Aboriginal Education and Communities and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance (ATSIMA), the NSW AECG will be conducting a STEM Camp for Aboriginal students from Years 5 to 11. To commence the process, we are calling for Expressions of Interest from schools with Aboriginal students in the nominated years.

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STEM Camp: Jindabyne 18th – 19th June 2020

Jindabyne: 18th – 19th June 2020
The NSW AECG Inc. in conjunction with the Department of Education’s, Aboriginal Education and Communities and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance (ATSIMA), the NSW AECG will be conducting a STEM Camp for Aboriginal students from Years 5 to 11. To commence the process, we are calling for Expressions of Interest from schools with Aboriginal students in the nominated years.

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Narabeen SHOW Camp 2020

Narrabeen: 18th – 19th May 2020
The NSW AECG Inc. in conjunction with the Department of Education’s, Aboriginal Education and Communities and Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team, the NSW AECG will be conducting a SHOW Camp for Aboriginal students from Years 5 to 11. To commence the process, we are calling for Expressions of Interest from schools with Aboriginal students in the nominated years.

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