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Koori Inclusion Action Plan
CFA has committed to developing a Koori Inclusion Action Plan (KIAP) as part of a whole-of-government strategy to provide inclusive and accessible services to Aboriginal people through all departments and agencies.
By Angela Cook
In doing so, CFA joins other statutory authorities and emergency services (including MFB, Victoria Police and SES) who are working to develop purpose-built plans over the next 12 months.
Manager Community Resilience Gwynne Brennan says that “when finalised, the Koori Inclusion Action Plan will be implemented across various areas of CFA.
"It may include guidelines or principles that determine how jobs are advertised, adjustments to the way CFA’s services are delivered in communities and changes to key documentation.”
This project is important because inclusive practices benefit both organisations and the community. Making an explicit commitment and changing practices to work in a way which includes Aboriginal people, families and communities will ensure that better decisions can be made about policy, program and service delivery.
The KIAP working group will be consulting with CFA members to ensure the plan takes into consideration the diversity of brigades and the way in which CFA operates in the field.
To learn more about what a Koori Inclusion Action Plan might look like, check out the Department of Justice's Mingu Gadhaba: Beginning Together plan.