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A.C.T. Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community 'Governance' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
|Date:||15 April 2004|
|Sub Category:||Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)|
|Location:||Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, Australia|
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|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Consultation | Leadership|
|The A.C.T. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community 'Governance' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) is an agreement between the Australian Capital Territory Indigenous Community and the Australian Government. It outlines the role of the Department of Environment and Heritage in coordinating the Australian Government's input into the Australian Capital Territory Council of Australian Governments (COAG) trial, the data collection and analysis associated with the trial, and liaison with relevant departments of the Government. It also provides for the establishment of new Indigenous governance structures and identifies partner representative groups and organisations.|
Shared Responsibility Agreements are agreements between governments and Indigenous communities to provide discretionary funding in return for community obligations. The new arrangements developed from an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments and replace the previous ATSIC system of funding. For more information see 'Shared Responsibility Agreement' below.
The SRA aims to address community-identified priorities such as assisting people to cope with trauma, building self-esteem and strengthening cultural identity, addressing the effects of substance abuse and the over representation of Indigenous people in the criminal system. It also aims to focus on the disparity between educational outcomes of Indigenous people with those of the wider community. These priorities fit within the key priorities of the COAG trial which include:
The SRA proposes to address these priorities through the establishment of partnerships and shared responsibility for achieving measurable and sustainable improvements for people living in the community. It also aims to strengthen local governance arrangements and evaluate existing programs and service delivery.
The Department of Environment and Heritage will have the responsibility of coordinating the Australian Government's input into the trial and the provision of information, data, and statistics developed and collected throughout the trial. It will also be responsible for liaising with relevant departments of the Government about issues and initiatives related to the trial.
In return for the in-kind support, the community and individuals will participate in community representation and consultation. This includes:
Performance Indicators and Feedback Mechanisms
The SRA provides for the revision of progress against the objectives of the agreement. It identifies the primary means of assessment of the agreement against the seven COAG-identified Strategic Areas for Action and any linked performance indicators arising from specific initiatives. COAG's seven Strategic Areas for Action are:
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