Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee

The Banyule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee (BATSIAC) was established in 2015 to provide feedback to Council about the key issues and concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Banyule.

Committee objectives

The group provides advice and information on Inclusion, Access and Equity issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and on the implementation and review of Council's Plan.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Plan 2017-2021

Key objectives include:

  • provide feedback and advice to Council on its policies, plans, services and projects that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • consider and provide advice on key Government initiatives, programs and reviews that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • advocate on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • assist Council to promote the benefits of diversity and enhance understanding about the barriers to equality facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • provide advice to Council in relation to its communication, engagement and consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and
  • Monitor the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Plan 2017-2021.

Terms of reference

Read the Banyule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee terms of reference(PDF, 223KB).

Get involved

The committee consists of up to 15 members with experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and 2 Councillors.

The committee includes representation from:

  • residents representing the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and
  • community organisations, agencies or service providers with an ATSI focus, including Barrbunin Beek Committee, Banyule Community Health Services Aboriginal Health Team and Reconciliation Banyule.

The current term is January 2020–December 2020. In late 2020 we will call for nominations for new members from the community.

Contact us

For more information contact Nicole Findlay on 9490 4246 or Nicole.Findlay@banyule.vic.gov.au