Attendance at the July 2021 briefing was strictly limited and the timeframe allowed just two hours, despite written requests before the meeting to address this. At this briefing, Aboriginal people were told about decisions that had been made but not asked what they wanted, nor did the briefing invite attendees to engage in meaningful and substantive discussion.
Since the introduction of ACH Act in December 2021, the State Government has engaged in consultation the act’s regulations and guidelines using a three-phased approach. While the government refers to it as co-design, it does not meet the true definition. Co-design means designing with people, not for people – it’s not just another word for consultation. A co-design workshop was held on 7 and 8 April 2022, discussing the best methods of using this approach.