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Western Australia - Event

Taskforce to Identify the scope and extent of the 'stolen wages' issue, and to suggest policy options and administration issues [Stolen Wages Taskforce] (2007 - 2008)

  • Reconciling The Past: Government control of Aboriginal monies in Western Australia, 1905-1972

    Reconciling The Past: Government control of Aboriginal monies in Western Australia, 1905-1972, June 2008, courtesy of Department of Indigenous Affairs, Western Australia.
    Details

From
May 2007
To
June 2008
Categories
Advisory Council
Alternative Names
  • Stolen Wages Taskforce (also known as)

A Taskforce with the role of identifying the scope and extent of stolen wages in Western Australia was established in May 2007 by the State Government. The Taskforce found that there was insufficient evidence of wages held in trust being returned to the people who earned them. These people included Aboriginal children who had been in 'care'. In 2012, the Government established the Stolen Wages Reparation Scheme WA as an expression of regret that this had occurred.

Details

The multi-agency Taskforce was chaired by the Department of Indigenous Affairs and included representatives from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support. A panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisors assisted the Taskforce and a Project Team conducted research and consultations:

  • Determining relevant records and specialist advice required
  • Undertaking analysis, seeking advice as required and formulating an appropriate research
    methodology
  • Undertaking comprehensive and appropriate consultation with Aboriginal people and communities, agencies and other parties on the scope and nature of the issues associated with monies withheld from Aboriginal people
  • Conducting a number of case studies
  • Suggesting policy options for going forward. Options could range from having no reparation
    scheme to alternative models for reparation schemes, identifying any administration issues.

Publications

Online Resources

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Reconciling The Past: Government control of Aboriginal monies in Western Australia, 1905-1972
Title
Reconciling The Past: Government control of Aboriginal monies in Western Australia, 1905-1972
Type
Document
Date
June 2008
Source
Department of Indigenous Affairs, Western Australia
Note
pages 9-10

Details

Stolen Wages Reparation Scheme WA
Frequently Asked Questions
Title
Stolen Wages Reparation Scheme WA Frequently Asked Questions
Type
Document
Date
2012
Source
Government of Western Australia

Details

Application Pack [Stolen Wages Reparation Scheme WA Guidelines]
Title
Application Pack [Stolen Wages Reparation Scheme WA Guidelines]
Type
Document
Date
6 March 2012 - 30 November 2012
Source
Government of Western Australia

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Reconciling The Past: Government control of Aboriginal monies in Western Australia, 1905-1972 [Document], Date: June 2008; Stolen Wages Taskforce, Reconciling The Past: Government control of Aboriginal monies in Western Australia, 1905-1972, Department of Indigenous Affairs, Western Australia, June 2008, http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/IndigLRes/2008/3.html. pages 9-10..

Prepared by: Debra Rosser