The NSW Ombudsman has tabled the OCHRE Review Report in Parliament.
OCHRE – Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment – is the NSW Government’s plan for Aboriginal Affairs, which commenced on 5 April 2013. The intent of OCHRE is to address the challenges facing Aboriginal communities, issues to be addressed, and what else is needed to drive better cultural, social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal people in NSW.
The OCHRE Review Report provides a comprehensive assessment of the OCHRE programs over the past five years.
It identifies how NSW government agencies can identify opportunities to do things differently in ways that will achieve long-term, sustainable and meaningful outcomes for Aboriginal people.
The initiatives being delivered across NSW under the umbrella of OCHRE are:
1. Healing – OCHRE formally recognises the need for healing inter-generational trauma from the legacy of colonisation and commits to advance the dialogue on healing with Aboriginal communities.
2. Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests – operating in five locations, it supports the revitalisation of Aboriginal languages and cultures within schools and communities.
3. Local Decision Making – operating in eight locations, it supports Aboriginal regional governance bodies to have a progressively greater say in designing the services that are delivered in their communities.
4. OCHRE Aboriginal Economic Prosperity Framework – a state-wide initiative which contains 12 targets for government commitments relating to jobs and employment, education and skills, and economic agency.
5. Solution Brokerage – a state-wide initiative operating as four discrete projects to date – it is essentially an administrative mechanism that enables Aboriginal Affairs to engage with NSW government agencies to identify and implement practical solutions to significant issues for Aboriginal communities.
6. Opportunity Hubs – operating in four locations, it provides Aboriginal students with school-based mentoring and clearer pathways from school to further education, training and employment.
7. Connected Communities – operating in 15 locations, it establishes schools as ‘service hubs’ and promotes school-community partnership approaches to reduce barriers to student learning and improve Aboriginal education outcomes.
The full report can be read on the NSW Ombudsman’s website.