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Our Role and Functions

The NIAA was established by an Executive Order signed by the Governor-General on 29 May 2019, and commenced operation on 1 July 2019. The Executive Order gives the NIAA a number of functions, including to:

  • lead and coordinate Commonwealth policy development, program design and implementation and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • provide advice to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Australians on whole-of-government priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • lead and coordinate the development and implementation of Australia’s Closing the Gap targets in partnership with Indigenous Australians;
  • lead Commonwealth activities to promote reconciliation;
  • build and maintain effective partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, state and territory governments and other relevant stakeholders to inform whole-of-government priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and enable policies, programs and services to be tailored to the unique needs of communities;
  • design, consult on and coordinate the delivery of community development employment projects;
  • analyse and monitor the effectiveness of programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including programs and services delivered by bodies other than the NIAA;
  • coordinate Indigenous portfolio agencies and advance a whole-of-government approach to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and
  • undertake other tasks the Prime Minister and the Minister require from time to time.