SA Public Sector Gets Ready for South Australia’s First Nations Voice to Parliament – Nominations now open!

Nominations are now open for South Australia’s First Nations Voice to Parliament election on 16 March 2024.

Join Commissioner Dale Agius at this event and learn more about the First Nations Voice model in South Australia, including how Public Sector Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees can nominate and vote in the upcoming election process.

All SA Public Sector staff are encouraged to attend the session (in person or virtually) held at the Convention Centre on Wednesday, 7 February 2024 September, from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

South Australia’s First Nations Voice was legislated in SA in March 2023 and will be a direct and independent line of communication between First Nations representatives and South Australia’s Parliament and government.

This is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide a more balanced approach to the accountability of government decision-making and processes that relate to the priorities and needs of First Nations communities.

As public sector employees, it’s important to understand how the SA Voice will work and interact with Parliament and Government.

The Commissioner will explain how the South Australian Voice to Parliament will interact with the Parliament and the Executive Government and provide information about the inaugural SA First Nations Voice election

You can learn more about the SA Voice on the Attorney-General’s Department website.

For any queries or concerns, please email voicetosaparliament@sa.gov.au.

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.

Event brought to you by

IPAA SA
Government of South Australia

Date
Wednesday 7 February

Time
11:00 am (Registration) 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Inclusions
Light Catering and Refreshments

Location
Adelaide Convention Centre
Panorama Rooms

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Costs
Free and exclusive to SA State Government Employees of nominated agencies