Delegates were invited to join Commissioner Dale Agius as he took you on a journey across South Australia, where you had the opportunity to hear the voices and views of those who had helped shape the building blocks of the First Nations Voice in South Australia. The Commissioner also explained how the South Australian Voice to Parliament would operate, including how the Voice would interact with the South Australian Parliament and the executive government. Information was provided about the inaugural First Nations Voice election.
Background to this forum
In 2017, following a series of Regional Dialogues across the country, more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates met at Uluru for the National Constitutional Convention. Following four days of important discussion, delegates at the convention released the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation to the Australian people calling for constitutional reform and recognition, with three key actions: Voice, Treaty, and Truth.
The South Australian Government committed to the full implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart at the state level, starting with a First Nations Voice to Parliament. In July 2022, Mr Dale Agius was appointed as the Commissioner for First Nations Voice to lead engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South Australia and the government to inform the design of the South Australian Voice model.
On 26 March 2023, at a special sitting of Parliament, the First Nations Voice Act 2023 was passed, establishing the South Australian First Nations Voice to Parliament; South Australia is the first State to do this in Australia. Learn more about the regions, boundaries and roles and responsibilities of the First Nations Voice at the Attorney-General’s Department website.
The South Australia First Nations Voice elections will take place on 16 March 2024. Nominations will open on 22 January 2024. To learn more about the upcoming elections, and to check or update your enrolment status, please go to the Electoral Commission of South Australia’s SA Voice election website.
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Learn about our speakers
Commissioner Dale Agius
Commissioner for First Nations Voice
Office of the Commissioner for First Nations Voice
Dale is a Kaurna, Narungga, Ngadjuri and Ngarrindjeri person. His previous roles include… Director of Aboriginal Practice and Partnerships within the Department of Human Services, Manager of DHS’ Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth and Family Services, Programs Officer in the Rehabilitation Programs Branch in the Department of Correctional Services, Northern Facilitator in the Northern Adelaide Initiative under the Urban Regional Strategy, Executive Officer in the Office of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement and Executive Officer in the Office of South Australian Treaty Commission.
Dale is South Australia’s Commissioner for First Nations Voice to Parliament. Appointed by the State Government in July 2022, he is leading State-wide engagements to introduce a First Nations Voice to South Australia’s Parliament, which will provide First Nation South Australians a greater say in decisions that affect their lives. As part of the role he has travelled across the State to hear the views of Aboriginal people and leaders in metropolitan, regional and rural areas of our State. The feedback will inform the development of a Voice to the South Australian Parliament for a possible launch later in 2023.
An Aboriginal Voice to Parliament is the first tenet of the Uluru Statement of the Heart, which is a 2017 petition by Australian First Nation leaders for changes to improve and empower the representation of Indigenous Australians on Australia. State SA government is committed to implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full in South Australia.
Dale is also the Chairperson of the South Australian Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival Committee, and the President of the Kilburn Football and Cricket Club, who has also served on the Youth Review Board for over 10 years.
Director, Aboriginal Workforce Partnerships
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector
Talitha is an Adnyamathanha Woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia, born on Barngarla Country, also known as Port Augusta and was raised in her traditional homelands, Iga Warta Community in the heart of the Northern Flinders.
Prior to joining OCPSE, Talitha has held various roles with a particular focus on Learning & Development, Cultural Capability and Aboriginal workforce initiatives. Talitha’s professional career started with the Office for the of Commissioner for Public Employment as an Aboriginal trainee and has since returned to OCPSE in the Director role. Talitha has worked across various State & Federal Government departments building her own capabilities to influence better outcomes for the Aboriginal community.
Until recently, Talitha has held the Principal Aboriginal Workforce Consultant role within DHS, where she designed, developed and delivered the DHS Aboriginal Cultural Footprint – Learning programs, the established of the DHS Nunga Network, DHS Aboriginal Women’s forum and the launch of the DHS Aboriginal Workforce Strategy 2021-23.
As the inaugural Director, Aboriginal Workforce Partnerships, Talitha will oversee a range of engagement strategies and programs that build the capability and capacity of the South Australian Workforce in both the public sector and the Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) Sector.
It will also provide specialist strategic and cultural leadership and co-ordination to identify, influence and establish a sustainable ad impactful model for professional development and cultural learning exchange between the public sector and ACCOs in South Australia as identified in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap to help grow the ACCO sector.
Erma Ranieri PSM FIPAA
IPAA SA President, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.
With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community.
Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named a 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year as SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.
With a key focus on flexibility, diversity and leadership development to ensure the public sector is positioned as an Employer of Choice, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.
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Session 1: Wednesday, 6 September 2023 (registration 12:30 pm)
event 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Session 2: Thursday, 7 September 2023 (registration 9:00 am)
event 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Session 3: Monday, 11 September 2023, (registration 9:00 am)
event 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Session 4: Wednesday, 13 September, (registration 12:30 pm)
event 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Light morning tea/afternoon tea and refreshments
Adelaide Convention Centre
6,7 & 11 September - City Rooms 1&2
13 September - Hall A
Free and exclusive to SA State Government Employees of nominated agencies