The Aboriginal Impact Statement (AIS) is aimed at ensuring that Aboriginal stakeholders are consulted in the development and implementation of Keep Them Safe projects and actions and that the specific needs of Aboriginal people and communities are taken into account in developing and rolling out Keep Them Safe initiatives.
All NSW Government agencies are required to complete the AIS checklist for each Keep Them Safe action for which they have lead responsibility.
The AIS comprises three elements:
- A checklist detailing how the needs and interests of Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities have been obtained and incorporated into the implementation of Keep Them Safe actions.
- A formal process for ensuring that actions in Keep Them Safe are assessed against the checklist and reported on.
- A statement (or summary report) which details how the needs and interests of Aboriginal children, young people, families, and communities have been obtained and incorporated into implementation of Keep Them Safe actions.
The AIS aims to document the working approach of human services and justice agencies with Aboriginal communities, and identify unanticipated impacts of actions. It is a “living” document, and will be reviewed at least annually to ensure that actions are working towards improved welfare and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal children, young people, and their families, and the overall reduction of this group in the child protection system.