The Aboriginal inclusion tool:A tool to improve Aboriginal Inclusion in AOD services

January 2017

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Tha Aboriginal Inclusion Tool - User Guide [PDF] should be read prior to and along sie the completion of the Aboriginal Inclusion Tool- Working document [MS Word]


The Aboriginal inclusion tool is a comprehensive resource that helps services to assess the inclusiveness of organisational practices in working with Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community, and provides suggestions for improvements to organisational policy and processes. NADA acknowledges the high levels of marginalisation and disadvantage of Aboriginal people in our communities and propose that the use of this tool will help services work towards improved inclusion of Aboriginal people in relation to service access and retention, employment and supplier diversity.

For the 2015-2016 year, 17% of people accessing AOD treatment in NSW identified as Indigenous. While these people have access to Aboriginal community controlled organisations (ACCOs) which provide culturally appropriate holistic programs, this access is limited. Approximately 10% of NADA's members are ACCOs and while they offer diversity in terms of service models, they are a minority of services and there are gaps in terms of women's only and youth specific services. This means mainstream organisations need to have the capacity to provide culturally appropriate services to support Aboriginal people seeking AOD treatment.

Improving mainstream services for Aboriginal people doesn't just mean including culturally appropriate programs-it requires a broader systemic approach that includes: data management, employment and economic involvement, communication, engagement and partnerships. This tool offers organisations one approach to consider these broader perspectives which is aligned to reconciliation action planning, by asking questions which attend to building respect, relationships and opportunities.

The resource has been adapted from the KIAP Impact Measurement Tool (2013, Red Elephant Projects and Department of Justice Victoria) with the support of Felicity Ryan, Connecting Culture. A range of stakeholders and member services have also contributed to it's review.  

For more information download the user guide or contact Ciara Donaghy on