Department of State Development

Established in 2007, the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement is a point of contact for Aboriginal people to express their concerns about issues that matter to them.

The Commissioner provides advice to the State Government, as well as promoting Aboriginal inclusion more broadly through the non-Aboriginal community.

Mr Harry Miller, a well-respected Aboriginal leader from the Eyre Peninsula is South Australia’s Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement.

The role of Commissioner provides Aboriginal leadership in South Australia, advocating on behalf of all Aboriginal people and communities across the state.

The Commissioner is the public advocate for engagement between the broader community and Aboriginal people, and investigates and advises on systemic barriers to Aboriginal people’s access and full participation in government, non-government and private services.

Commissioner actions

  • Provide advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, government, non-government and private organisations on issues and barriers raised with or identified by the Commissioner.
  • Act independently, impartially and in the public interest.
  • Consult with non-government organisations and peak Aboriginal bodies and represent their views to government as appropriate.
  • Provide written advice at each meeting of the South Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council through a standing agenda item.
  • Consult with the Chief Executive, Department of State Development and the Office of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, when public statements are to be made, consistent with agreed protocols.
  • Report regularly on his/her activities to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation.

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Mr Harry Miller, a well-respected Aboriginal leader from the Eyre Peninsula brings more than 20 years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs to the role of Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement.

In 2015 Mr Miller won NAIDOC SA’s person of the year award for his contribution to the Port Lincoln community, the health sector, and to local football.

Mr Miller has held a number of leadership positions including:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service
  • Coordinator for South Australian Aboriginal Sports
  • Member of the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia
  • Member of the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council.

Mr Miller has also served as member of the South Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council, which provides confidential policy advice to the Government on matters which affect the lives of Aboriginal South Australians.

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