In this interview, Brian Gleeson – Australia’s outgoing Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services – reflects on the National Partnership Agreement for Remote Service Delivery and his independent monitoring role.
Brian comments on the early closure of the office of the Coordinator General and some of his experiences and the key lessons learned during his time in Anangu communities.
As Coordinator General, he produced six-monthly reports for the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs that outlined achievements and identified recommendations for improvement.
In the interview Brian talks about the importance of building relationships and the need for genuine bottom-up community engagement. He also discusses the future of the Local Implementation Plans for Amata and Mimili.
The interview covers Brian’s views on the importance of jobs for Anangu, community safety, school attendance, schools as welcoming community hubs, and the use of interpreters.