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

At the end of 2022, Dr Roger Thomas finished his term as Commissioner, with the State Government working to establish a fully-elected First Nations Voice to the South Australian Parliament - providing a direct mechanism for Aboriginal South Australians to engage with Parliament and the Government.

Commissioner actions

On 3 December 2020, the Commissioner provided a report on the achievements of his office for the period July 2018 to November 2020 to the Parliament of South Australia’s House of Assembly.

Report of the South Australian Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement (PDF, 1.23MB)

Celebrating Aboriginal leaders and heroes

From August to October 2022, the Commissioner invited South Australia's Aboriginal people and communities to have their say about plans to establish statues and monuments recognising Aboriginal leaders.

People were invited to provide feedback through

The Government is considering the Commissioner's findings.