One way to think about engagement is that it is ‘any process that involves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in problem solving or decision making and uses their input to make better decisions. Engagement is about two things—first, the relationship between government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and second, the way we work together to get things done.1
There are many forms of engagement, ranging from information sharing through to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander led projects. The type of engagement utilised will depend on a number of factors including purpose, context and organisational capability.
1 Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2011.
Engaging today, building tomorrow: a framework for engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Canberra: FaHCSIA, p. 41.