Foreign Minister Penny Wong speaks about ambassador role for First Nations People which is now open to the public

The Albanese Government has announced expressions of interest for the ambassador role for First Nations People, following its commitment to widen Australia’s foreign policy.

The ambassador position is open to the public, aiming to encourage “qualified and interested” individuals to apply.

Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong said an ambassador for First Nations People will lead efforts to embed “Indigenous perspectives, experiences and interests” into foreign policy.

“The Ambassador will also lead Australia’s engagement to progress First Nations rights globally,” she said on Wednesday.

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“This role will enhance our engagement in the Indo-Pacific region by fostering cooperation on shared interests.”

A joint statement by Ms Wong, Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney, and Senator Patrick Dodson, noted that Australia’s foreign policy should reflect “modern diversity” and the “rich heritage” of First Nations People.

“The Government is delivering on its commitment to implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full,” the statement said.

“The Ambassador will head an Office of First Nations Engagement within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to listen to and work in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the ideal candidate would bring “extensive networks across First Nations communities”, and have experience in driving government policy and working with international institutions.

Ms Burney said the new role will help bring “unique perspectives” across international engagements.

“Appointing an Ambassador for First Nations People is an opportunity to ensure the unique perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are included in our international engagements,” she said.

“An Ambassador for First Nations people will be supported to engage with likeminded countries to share our commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and experiences of treaty and truth telling processes.”


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