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.
Aboriginal engagement summit
LLS consults with the Aboriginal community through engagement summits at both State and regional levels.
On 6 and 7 November 2013, LLS conducted a statewide Aboriginal Engagement Summit in Orange with the theme Strengthening partnerships, supporting opportunities.
The Local Land Services Aboriginal engagement strategy
LLS will develop a strategy for engagement of the Aboriginal community with respect to the provision of local land services.
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 LLS regions in developing their own Aboriginal community engagement processes.