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Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) on Indigenous Employment in Port Hedland
|Date:||7 November 2006|
|Date To:||End of June 2011|
|Sub Category:||Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA)|
|Location:||Port Hedland, Western Australia, Australia|
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|This Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) relates to the town of Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Port Hedland is home to the largest tonnage port in Australia, making it a key centre for the iron ore industry.|
|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Economic Development | Employment and Training | Youth|
|The Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) on Indigenous Employment in Port Hedland was signed on 7 November 2006 by the following parties: |
A full list of parties to this RPA is provided below.
This RPA was agreed in response to the comparatively high levels of unemployment experienced by Indigenous people in Port Hedland. The purpose of this RPA is to allow the parties to 'work together to bring about demonstrable improvements in employment outcomes' (Clause 1.3).
|This RPA is intended to be a statement of the mutual intention of the parties, and does not give rise to any enforceable rights or binding obligations for any party.|
The RPA commenced with the signing of the document on 7 November 2006. It will continue until the end of June 2011, unless all the parties agree to terminate it or prepare another document that replaces this RPA.
Background and key targets
This RPA is based upon the principles enumerated in the National Framework Principles for Service Delivery to Indigenous Australians, which was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in June 2004. It was created pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Minerals Council of Australia and the Commonwealth government (1 June 2005 - 2010). It is the second of several RPAs which are provided for by the MoU.
The RPA was agreed in response to an inequity in employment outcomes that was revealed in Census data from 2001. This data showed that 41% of the Indigenous labour force aged 15 years and over in the Pilbara was unemployed, as compared to just 7% of the non-Indigenous population in the same age group.
The RPA operates within a five year framework, and has the key targets of reducing the rate of Indigenous unemployment in Port Hedland by 50%, and placing at least 90 additional local Indigenous people in jobs for each year within this time frame. The RPA also aims to equalise the rates of Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment over the subsequent five years.
Objectives of this RPA
This RPA has three key objectives:
Based upon these objectives, the RPA provides for the implementation of eight projects such as 'Coordination, Motivation and Mentoring', 'Youth Pathways' and a 'Drivers Licence Program'.
These projects are intended to deliver the following kinds of outcomes:
Projects under this RPA
The parties to this RPA have agreed to the undertaking of the following projects:
Implementation and performance evaluation
Pursuant to this RPA, the parties will each nominate at least one representative to form the Port Hedland Regional Partnership Committee ('the Committee'). Meeting quarterly, the Committee will provide strategic leadership for implementing, monitoring and addressing any shortcomings of this agreement. In turn, it will receive regular monitoring reports from the 'Implementation Team', which will consist of Australian and Western Australian government representatives. The Implementation Team will work directly with related Indigenous organisations, services, employers and government agencies to deliver the key outcomes of this RPA.
This RPA provides for ongoing performance measurement and evaluation. The parties will jointly:
The parties will also provide performance information for evaluations from time to time.
|According to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Annual Report for 2007-2008, the RPA on Indigenous Employment in Port Hedland has achieved the following outcomes:|
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