Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representation on Committees

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Encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, parents/carers and community members to be active representatives on your school or early learning service’s committees. Ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives inform decision-making processes by respecting the experiences and knowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can bring to committees.

Engaging with the knowledge and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples gives all Australians the ability to foster a deeper understanding of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.

Regardless of whether you have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, students or children at your [SCHOOL_TYPE], involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in decision-making and strategic direction will strengthen the presence of First Peoples' perspectives, especially at the local level. It is essential that these perspectives are actively listened to and seriously considered in decision-making.

If you don't have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff at your [SCHOOL_TYPE], ensure you create opportunities for external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders to join committees.

If your [SCHOOL_TYPE] is attended by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and children, representation on your committees is particularly important. It is essential to ensure the membership of governance bodies is reflective of the diversity of the student body, and that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have a say in decisions that affect them.

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