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 has been updated as at December 2017.


28. Aboriginal leadership:

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

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

Historically progress against this target was assessed by monitoring the number of Aboriginal people who had undertaken leadership development training. This data was collected by the former Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology on its Aboriginal Leadership Register.

However, owing to organisational restructuring the Register has been phased out and supplementary indicators are now used to assess the achievement of T28:

Cultural Heritage Training

Aboriginal Attendees at Cultural Heritage Training Workshops 2013-14: 30

Aboriginal Attendees at Cultural Heritage Training Workshops 2014-15: 2

Aboriginal Attendees at Cultural Heritage Training Workshops 2015-16: 19


APY Board Member Training

In addition to this, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation provides governance training sessions for the current APY Executive board members.

2014-15: 10 members participated

2015-16: 10 members participated

TOTAL (Note the Aboriginal Leadership Register no longer exists and these numbers cannot be accurately compared to previous years):

2013-14: 30

2014-15: 12

2015-16: 29


Additional Information:

Aboriginal participants at Aboriginal Nation Building Workshops in October 2015: 17 completed.

Aboriginal participants at the Aboriginal Nation Building: Governance and Economic Participation North America Delegation 6 – 19 February 2017: 9 participants

Three Aboriginal Regional Authorities were recognised under Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy 2016 and a further three in 2017.

Leadership activities associated with the South Australian Government’s Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy and the Aboriginal Nation Rebuilding program, which were commitments from the 2014 State election, have provided significant opportunities to support the development of Aboriginal community leadership. The Aboriginal Nation Rebuilding program involves the delivery of a curriculum to grow and strengthen governance and leadership in Aboriginal communities. The Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy involves the South Australian Government’s formal recognition of Aboriginal governing bodies that are acknowledged as representing and advocating for their communities to drive regional priorities and work in partnership with the Government on key issues.


Lead Agency

Department of State Development