Sectors Indigenous affairs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Australia comprise around 3 per cent of the Australian population.

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 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 works across the full spectrum of Indigenous 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 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 have also worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Reconciliation Australia pro bono as part of our commitment to corporate community investment.

How ACIL Allen 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 urban, regional and remote communities.

Services we provide include:

  • assessing policy reform impacts on Indigenous health, education, housing and public safety
  • reviewing and evaluating Indigenous programs and service provision
  • engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other stakeholders (such as service providers) in urban, regional and remote 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, service providers, and local, state and territory governments, and the Commonwealth government.