It comes down to the difference between co-design and consultation. When the State Government refers to “co-design” it really only means consultation. True co-design is designing with people, not for people – consultation is purely taking feedback from people, then making a decision without necessarily checking to see if those people are happy with that decision.


The State Government does not have a good track record on this front. Note that at the July 2021 briefing for the ACH Bill, Aboriginal people were told about decisions that had been made – but not asked what they wanted, nor were attendees engaged in a meaningful and substantive discussion.