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North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum on Sustainable Economic Development

The Indigenous Experts Forum provides advice to the Northern Australian Ministerial Forum on key strategic policy interests relevant to Indigenous people’s aspirations for sustainable development.  

Why are we involved?

Northern Australia is on the cusp of momentous economic and social change. Along with increased demand for iron ore and other resources, global demand for energy is prompting unparalleled investment in LNG processing with visions of industrial development that could not have been imagined a decade ago. Conversely, concerns about climate change and Australia’s world leadership in abating and sequestering carbon emissions have encouraged thinking about a different economic future for the north.

The emerging relationship with the Northern Australian Ministerial Forum is an opportunity to develop workable and creative partnerships that can produce institutional change as a basis for resilient, reliable communities through reliable prosperity for all people in north Australia. 

Roles of the Experts Forum

The roles of the Indigenous Experts Forum are to:

  • inform government about the development needs and aspirations of Indigenous north Australians;
  • promote policy reform to meet the development needs and aspirations of Indigenous north Australians; and
  • establish a framework to effectively and transparently manage future interactions with government to drive an Indigenous economic development agenda.

News Story

View the 10 minute News Story Report about first Indigenous Experts Forum held in June 2012 at Mary River, Northern Territory Australia.

Partnerships

The Indigenous Experts Forum is supported by an Indigenous Experts Panel and the Future Generations Panel. Professor Patrick Dodson is the Chair and and Peter Yu is Deputy Chair.

NAILSMA provides secretariat support to the delivery of the Indigenous Experts Panel meetings and North Australian Indigenous Experts Forums.

These forums provide the opportunity for land managers to debate key issues and interests toward policies to recognise Indigenous community social and cultural, environmental, economic and political aspirations in northern development.

The Indigenous Experts Forum is supported by the Department of Regional Australia, Local Governments, Arts and Sport through its Office of Northern Australia.

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