Australia's Constitution needs to be changed to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, to reflect our national identity, and to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from discrimination. The Australian Constitution does not recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Furthermore, the Australian Constitution allows State Governments to exclude some Australians from voting based on their race, and contains a clause that gives Parliament the power to make special laws in regards to the persons of any race. This has been used to disadvantage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For more information about Constitutional recognition, visit Recognise.
Education, employment, local engagement and justice
Understanding the reasons why there is inequality and division between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians is the first step in working towards reconciliation in our society. Our goal is to improve education about reconciliation in both schools and the wider community. Improving Aboriginal education and employment is of benefit to all Australians, including those who take leadership through training, cultural competency and mentoring programs. Reconciliation SA continues to work with Local Governments and community leaders to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Finally, Reconciliation SA is committed to addressing the unacceptably high rates of incarceration of Aboriginal people.Read more about Reconciliation SA's Strategic Plan here.