Under the Local Land Services Act 2013 Local Land Services (LLS) is responsible for
- communicating, consulting and engaging with the Aboriginal community
- including the Aboriginal community, to encourage participation in relation to the delivery of local land services.
It is critical for LLS to develop strong partnerships with local Aboriginal communities. The Local Land Services Act 2013 establishes the framework for consulting and engaging with the Aboriginal community in relation to the delivery of all local land services.
The 2011 Census shows that 208,364 Aboriginal people live in New South Wales - this is 31% of the Australian Aboriginal population. In NSW, 95% of Aboriginal people live in regional areas or major cities - unlike any other part of Australia.
The Local Land Services Aboriginal engagement strategy
We will develop a strategy for engaging with the Aboriginal community where our services are concerned.
The strategy will use a strengths-based approach to involve Aboriginal community groups in building a partnership with Local Land Services. Its aim is to develop a strong and shared foundation to assist the regions in developing their own Aboriginal community engagement processes.
In 2018 the Local Land Services Board endorsed our Reconciliation Statement, which outlines our commitment to improving reconciliation within the organisation.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan clearly outlines practical actions that build respectful relationships and creates opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.