Abstract: This report is a summary of the work which has been undertaken in the period 2005 to 2010 in implementing the recommendations of Finding a Place, the report of the Inquiry into the Existence of Discriminatory Practices in Relation to the Provision of Public Housing and Related Services to Aboriginal People in Western Australia. In all there were 165 recommendations in Finding a Place and for the purpose of this report they have been grouped into five areas of reform: Staffing Issues including promoting a culture of awareness and understanding of issues faced by Aboriginal people, staffing roles and the role of Aboriginal Staff; Communication and consultation with Aboriginal people; Review of Departmental Policies and Practices to reasonably account for the specific needs and circumstances of Aboriginal people; The provision of good standard housing and maintenance services to Aboriginal tenants and fair tenancy management procedures; and The need for a fair and equitable appeals mechanism. Within each of these sections there is an overview of the issues raised in Finding a Place, a summary of the changes which have occurred in policy and practices and also where necessary identification of the issues which still need to be addressed. In some instances further recommendations have been made where the Implementation and Monitoring Committee considers there is a need for reform beyond what was identified in Finding A Place. The Committee has also identified “monitoring points” in areas of the Department’s activities where ongoing information needs to be provided to the new regime of six monthly forums which have been established. A full listing of the recommendations arising from this report can be found in Appendix 1.
Equal Opportunity Commission,, 2011, Finding A Place: Final Report for the Section 80 Implementation and Monitoring Committee of the Inquiry into the Existence of Discriminatory Practices in Relation to the Provision of Public Housing to Aboriginal People in Western Australia, Report, viewed 09 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4297.