North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum on Sustainable Economic Development
The North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum provides advice to the Northern Australia Ministerial Forum on key strategic policy interests relevant to Indigenous people’s aspirations for sustainable development. NAILSMA provides the secretariat for the Indigenous Experts Forum.
Professor Patrick Dodson is chair and Peter Yu is deputy chair of the Indigenous Experts Forum, which is supported by an Indigenous Expert Panel that brokers leadership and knowledge back to the Forum. The Indigenous Experts Panel brings a range of expertise and knowledge significant to fields relevant to the sustainable development of north Australia, such as environmental health, industry, social welfare, resource management, land tenure and planning and infrastructure.
The Indigenous Experts Forum meets twice a year to support the delivery of significant forums. The first forum was held in June 2012 and a second will be held in 2013. Forums provide opportunities for a wider collective of Indigenous experts from across the north to contribute towards key policy areas.
Through the outcomes of Indigenous Experts Panel meetings and Indigenous Experts forums, the Chair and Deputy Chair provide advice and leadership to the Ministerial Forum through its biannual sittings and other forums.
Northern Australian Ministerial Forum
The Northern Australian Ministerial Forum was established in 2010 as an initiative of the Northern Australia Sustainable Futures Program. The program was developed under the Department of Regional Australia and Regional Development and Local Government through its Office of Northern Australia (ONA).
The role of the Ministerial Forum is to consider a future strategic northern framework for sustainable economic development and provide continuum to the work of the Northern Land and Water Taskforce that concluded with its final report in 2009. The Northern Land and Water Taskforce Report is significant to the establishment of the new relationship between the Ministerial Forum and the North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum and recognises key Indigenous interests that were put forward at the landmark North Australian Indigenous Experts Water Futures Forum at Mary River in 2009.
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Northern Land and Water Taskforce - Final Report: Sustainable Development in Northern Australia, 2009, plus Science Review