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Ngaanyatjarra Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA)
|Date:||12 August 2005|
|Date To:||30 June 2008|
|Sub Category:||Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA)|
|Location:||Central Desert, Western Australia, Australia|
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|This Regional Partnership Agreement relates to the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in the Central Desert region of Western Australia. This region is home to twelve Indigenous communities: Cosmo Newberry, Tjirrkarli, Irrunytju (Wingellina), Tjukurla, Kiwirrkurra, Wannan, Mantamaru (Jameson), Warakurna, Papulankutja (Blackstone), Pira-kata (Kanpa), Patjarr and Warburton. It has a population of approximately 2000 to 2500 people.|
|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Management / Administration|
|The Ngaanyatjarra Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) was signed on 12 August 2005 by the following parties: |
Generally, RPAs are intended to establish a coordinated approach to shared goals with respect to Indigenous people across a region. The Ngaanyatjarra RPA is the first RPA to be signed in Australia under the Commonwealth government's policy for Indigenous people. It aims to provide for 'joint innovative action' and shared responsibility between the governments, the Council and the Ngaanyatjarra people in relation to the delivery of services and investment in the Ngaanyatjarra communities (Clause 1.2). The RPA seeks to increase Indigenous people's access to governments and service delivery, and also to enable the joint development of other agreements between the parties.
|Objectives of this RPA|
The parties to the Ngaanyatjarra RPA have agreed to work in partnership to achieve the following objectives, which are necessary to achieve 'measurable and sustainable outcomes' for the people of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands:
The RPA also has the objective of providing better-coordinated and resourced programs and services to achieve improvements in the following priority areas (Clause 1.7.6):
The parties intend to achieve these objectives through the making of other agreements, including Shared Responsibility Agreements supported by Service or Funding Agreements (Clause 2.1.2).
Key commitments under this RPA
Pursuant to this RPA, the parties have committed to:
The parties have also committed to undertaking four key projects:
RPA Project 1: Improved Regional Capacity
This project seeks to make changes to the structures, behaviour and capacity of each party to this RPA (Clause 4.2). Each party has committed to undertake an internal review of its capacity to satisfy the objectives of this RPA, and make changes to organisational culture to ensure that better coordination and outcomes can be delivered. The parties will report to the Regional Partnership Committee on their progress on this project.
RPA Project 2: Establishment of effective structures to manage the Regional Partnership Agreement
This project involves the establishment, maintenance and use of the Regional Partnership Committee and the Agreement Coordinators Group as part of a tiered coordination structure (Clause 4.3.1). Each party has committed to make certain reports to the Regional Partnership Committee, and to ensure a certain number of meetings for both the Committee and the Agreement Coordinators Group.
RPA Project 3: Reducing red tape
This project includes measures such as the minimisation of administrative overheads, the improvement of access to mainstream funding and programs, the streamlining of current funding and resource allocation processes and the creation of efficiencies and new operational structures in service delivery and administrative arrangements (Clause 4.4). The parties have also agreed to improving housing, housing maintenance and municipal and essential service provision.
RPA Project 4: Development and implementation of a Ngaanyatjarra Strategic Investment Plan
This project requires the parties to map investment in the Ngaanyatjarra region and share that information among them. It also requires them to facilitate and support the Ngaanyatjarra people in developing and articulating a 20 to 30 year vision for their communities. This vision is then to be achieved through the development of a Strategic Investment Plan.
Other provisions of this RPA
This RPA also includes provision for performance measurement and evaluation (Clause 5), an escalation procedure and dispute settling arrangements (Clause 6).
The Shared Responsibility Agreements (SRAs)
To supplement this RPA, three Shared Responsibility Agreements (SRAs) have also been signed. These SRAs deal with communities on a case-by-case basis, and cover issues such as municipal services, community stores, and education and training for young people. Links to the entries for these agreements on the ATNS database have been provided below.
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