Overarching Bilateral Indigenous Plan between the Commonwealth of Australia and Western Australia 2012-2015
|Date To: ||2015|
|Sub Category:||COAG Agreement|
|State/Country:||Western Australia, Australia|
|Subject Matter:||Health and Community Services|
|Summary Information: |
|The Overarching Bilateral Indigenous Plan (OBIP) provides a platform for implementing the partnership under the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA) in Western Australia. |
It establishes how the Parties will work together with Indigenous communities to realise the COAG commitments and objectives, within the specific context of Western Australia.
|Detailed Information: |
|The Plan is intended to integrate, coordinate, analyse and monitor Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments’ efforts to Close the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage through; providing an integrated framework for achieving commitments and objectives under the NIRA and associated agreements; providing mechanisms for integrating actions under the Closing the Gap Building Blocks; Partnership arrangements for engaging with Indigenous people and organisations; streamlining joint coordination and decision making arrangements; improving the quality and timeliness of data used to measure progress; and progressing implementation of the National Urban and Regional Service Delivery Strategy for Indigenous Australians (set out in Schedule B of the NIRA). |
Governance arrangements of the OBIP
The Governments will establish joint arrangements to integrate and coordinate the implementation and monitoring of the NIRA and related agreements in Western Australia. These will include; meetings between Western Australian and Commonwealth Government Ministers; and joint oversight and monitoring by the Western Australian Overarching Bilateral Indigenous Plan Governance Committee (OBIPGC).
The OBIPGC will complement, not duplicate, the role of joint governance mechanisms under the various Indigenous-specific National Partnership Agreements. There will also be Building Block Working Groups who will provide progress updates to the OBIPGC on a biannual basis in relation to their specific Building Blocks.
Arrangements for Indigenous and other stakeholder engagement
In addition to the engagement mechanisms agreed to under the NIRA Schedule A, and consultation with the peak body National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the Governments agree that engagement should occur across three tiers; Engagement on the overall impact of the reform agenda with state-wide bodies such as the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council; Specific engagement with relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies and organisations; and place and location-based engagement with relevant local government, non-government and community representatives.
There are two attachments to the Plan:
Closing the Gap in Indigenous Life outcomes
Closing the Gap Status Report
Schedules for each of the COAG ‘Closing the Gap’ Building Blocks are; Early Childhood Development; Schooling; Health; Economic Participation; Healthy Homes; Safe Communities; Governance and Leadership with additional schedules pertaining to; Urban and Regional Service Delivery; Data Quality Improvements.