Prime Minister announces new National Indigenous Australians Agency

Prime Minister announces new National Indigenous Australians Agency

Indigenous Affairs
Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt

The Indigenous Affairs Group (IAG), currently part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, will become the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) from the 1 July 2019.

The Agency was gazetted on the 29 May 2019, with the Governor-General signing the Order to Establish the National Indigenous Australians Agency as an Executive Agency. The Order outlined the functions NIAA will be responsible for, including: to lead and coordinate Commonwealth policy development, program design and implementation and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and to provide advice to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Australians on whole-of-government priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

NIAA provides a significant opportunity for the Australian Government to look at how it works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities, community leaders and other stakeholders. NIAA will provide more autonomy and authority to coordinate across the Commonwealth, working with Indigenous partners, the states and territories to achieve the Government's agenda for Indigenous Australians.

Along with the appointment of the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP as the first Aboriginal Cabinet Minister and Minister for Indigenous Australians, the establishment of the NIAA signals an exciting future ahead for Indigenous Affairs.