Key messages

  • The Aboriginal Community Engagement and Partnership Framework (engagement framework) is being developed to provide a platform for informing policy direction, program development, and the monitoring, implementation and accountability of coordinated responses for Aboriginal Victorians. 
  • The engagement framework will be informed by conversations with key Aboriginal leaders, community members and organisations, and departmental and other government stakeholders.
  • Engagement, consultation and partnerships between Aboriginal communities and the department are central to self-determination and improving health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Central, regional and rural consultations will commence in June 2016.

Development of the engagement framework

In March 2016, the department commissioned the development of an Aboriginal Community Engagement and Partnership Framework.

The engagement framework will articulate a model for engagement, partnership and co-design between Aboriginal communities and the Department of Health and Human Services. It will provide policy direction, program development, and advice for the transparent monitoring, implementation and accountability of outcomes for improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians.

The engagement framework will also include resources, tools, monitoring processes, and linkages across government to ensure the framework can evolve with the community and the department.  

Social Compass has been appointed to undertake the development of the engagement framework. Social Compass is a Melbourne based company owned and operated by Wunan Foundation – an Aboriginal development organisation. The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Branch is overseeing this work.

The engagement framework will underpin the department’s new Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan currently being developed by the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Branch - as well as broader work undertaken across the department.

Consultations to inform the development of the Aboriginal Community Engagement and Partnership Framework will commence in June 2016. Dates and locations for consultations are being currently finalised and will be posted on this page. 

The development of the engagement framework is expected to be completed by September 2016.