South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


28. Aboriginal leadership:

Increase the number of Aboriginal South Australians participating in community leadership and in community leadership development programs

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

The most recent available data show 41 Aboriginal people undertook leadership development activities in 2012-13, which is lower than the 83 in 2010-11 and the 122 in 2011-12. The 2012-13 result has been significantly affected by a phasing out of activities associated with the Aboriginal Leadership Register due to the loss of Australian Government funding and State Government program restructuring. The 2012-13 result has also been affected by a lower number of people undertaking Aboriginal heritage site training. Heritage site training is a demand driven program and participation varies from year to year.

Emerging leadership activities connected to the State Government’s development of the Aboriginal Regional Authority policy and the establishment of a new Aboriginal Nation Rebuilding program offer significant opportunities to ensure Aboriginal community leadership activities remain a priority.

The establishment of an Aboriginal Nation Rebuilding program was a 2014 Government election commitment. It involves the development and delivery to South Australian Aboriginal communities of a Nation Rebuilding curriculum to strengthen governance and leadership arrangements to enable communities to set strategic priorities and govern according to those priorities.

Data Note

This target is a composite of data from the DSD (formerly DFEEST) Aboriginal Employment Programs Aboriginal Leadership Register and data about the number of Aboriginal people who have undertaken Aboriginal heritage site training, which is compiled by DSD’s Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation


Lead Agency

Department of State Development