Council of Australian Governments' Communiqué

Category: Event
Date: 3 November 2000
Sub Category:Statement of Commitment/Intention
Alternative Names:
  • National Communiqué
  • Subject Matter: | Reconciliation
    Summary Information:
    The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) produced a Communiqué on reconciliation on 3 November 2000, which adopted the first recommendation of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR). The Communiqué acknowledges the work of CAR and commits itself to advancing reconciliation in regard to social and economic disadvantage through a nationally-coordinated reconciliation framework. COAG’s approach is based on partnerships and shared responsibilities with Indigenous communities; programme flexibility; and coordination between government agencies, with a focus on local communities and outcomes.’ Its priority areas are community leadership, achieving better outcomes for Indigenous peoples and advancing economic independence.
    Detailed Information:
    The first recommendation of CAR reads: 'The Council of Australian Governments to agree to implement and monitor a national framework for all governments and ATSIC to work to overcome Indigenous disadvantage through settling benchmarks that are measurable, have timelines, are agreed with Indigenous peoples and publicly reported.' The Social Justice Report states: 'The Communiqué is a significant development to progress reconciliation. It cannot, however, be seen as a total response to the recommendations of CAR or by itself as an adequate response of governments. This is due first to the fact that the communique does not respond to significant aspects of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation's recommendations, particularly issues that relate to the recognition of rights and some of the symbolic aspects of CAR's proposals'. (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Commissioner, Social Justice Report 2001 No.2 (2002): (at 20 December 2004) 220).

    Related Entries

  • Australian Capital Territory Government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Statement of Intent
  • ACT Shared Responsibility Agreement
  • Murdi Paaki Shared Responsibility Agreement
  • Greater Shepparton Shared Responsibility Agreement
  • Tjurabalan Community Participation Agreement
  • Wadeye Shared Responsibility Agreement
  • Lockhart River 'Empower the Community' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
  • Hope Vale 'Partnership' Shared Responsibility Agreement
  • Organisation
  • Council of Australian Governments - Signatory
  • Australian Local Government Association
  • State of New South Wales
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Cape York COAG Trial
  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands COAG Trial
  • North Eastern Tasmania COAG Trial
  • National Framework of Principles for Delivering Services to Indigenous Australians
  • National Framework on Indigenous Family Violence and Child Protection
  • Framework to Advance Reconciliation

  • References

    Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner (2002) Social Justice Report 2001


    Statement of Commitment/Intention (Australia)