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What is the NIAA?


What is the NIAA? 

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is an Australian Government agency responsible for whole-of-government coordination of policy development, program design, and service delivery for Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people, who are grouped under the term Indigenous Australians. 

It has a primary function of administering programs which support Indigenous Australians in the area of health, education, housing, employment, longevity, disability and other issues. The agency is also responsible for the promotion of reconciliation, the Closing the Gap strategy, and monitoring and evaluation of programs. 

Will the Voice do the same thing as the NIAA? 

The Voice would be quite different from the NIAA. It would not have the responsibility of program and service delivery or of grant making. It would be an advisory body, but a government agency. 

The Voice will also be embedded in the Constitution, meaning that it can not be shut down by current or future governments.