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Renmark-Paringa 'Riverland Team Effort' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
|Date:||19 July 2007|
|Sub Category:||Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)|
|Location:||Renmark-Paringa, South Australia, Australia|
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|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Health and Community Services | Sports and Physical Recreation | Youth|
|The Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) was developed between the Commonwealth Government, the Government of South Australia, the Riverland Indigenous Community and others on 19 July 2007.|
The SRA is designed to engage the Indigenous youth of the Riverland in physical recreation and create healthy outcomes for participants.
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 purpose of this Shared Responsibility Agreement is 'to improve outcomes in physical recreation, sport, health, culture and school achievement' for the Indigenous youth of the Riverland. The project's objectives are to improve the number of Indigenous athletes within mainstream sports clubs, improve networks, increase the number of students attending school, reduce risk factors which contribute to crime rates and to establish community based mentoring.
Sporting, school and local government organisations involved in the project will co-operate in planning, liaise with schools and play a role in training volunteers for various aspects of the project. Each of these partners will promote the project to encourage individual participation in such roles as the mentoring program, transport roster, supervision and nutrition sessions. They will also work at transferring skills as scorers, umpires, team managers and officials, reinforce school attendance, encourage artistic workshops, cross cultural training, positive media coverage and so on.
Individuals agree to sign a 'My Aim' pledge with basic core commitments including school attendance, persistence, helping with healthy food preparation, aiming for personal health targets and maintaining relationships with mentors. Families agree to attend events with their young people, monitor school attendance, encourage fulfillment of the 'My Aim' pledge, volunteer to be a part of driving rosters, mentor, assist with good nutrition, supervise events, take up opportunities to become scorers, umpires, trainers, committee members and so on and attend sessions periodically to review the SRA. Some elders and artists agree to give presentations at cross-cultural training sessions.
The Australian Government, through the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) proposes to provide in-kind assistance to help plan, monitor, evaluate and seek further funding of the SRA. The Department of Health and Ageing (DHA) proposes to contribute $150,000 for an Aboriginal Health Worker, project assistant to create transport roster, a dietician, office equipment, a vehicle and running costs. The Attorney-General's Department proposes to provide $100,000 to plan, establish and maintain the mentoring program. The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs proposes to provide $70,000 for sports camps, planning and running cross-cultural awareness sessions, transport costs and for the sport organisations to create new recruitment and community relations policies. The Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) proposes to contribute $18,000 to cover schools' expenses in relation to the mentoring program.
The South Australian government through the Riverland Regional Health Service Inc proposes to provide in-kind support in the form of a contribution to the costs of administering the project.
The local government, the Renmark Paringa Council, proposes to contribute $2,000 for community relations planning by sporting clubs. The Riverland Regional Sports Development Project proposes to contribute $500 to cover the cost of training volunteers as well as in-kind support in the form of linking the SRA with existing programs for sporting clubs.
The Gerard Reserve Council proposes to provide in-kind support such as assisting with transport to and from events and encouraging support for the SRA.
The South Australian National Football League proposes to contribute in-kind support in the form of development services, associated travel costs, promotion of recruitment in state teams and assistance with cultural awareness presentations. The Riverland Football League proposes in-kind support such as assisting with the organisation of transport, cross cultural sessions, expertise for the improvement of clubs recruitment and community relations and helping to monitor the progress of the SRA. The Riverland Basketball Association proposes to provide in-kind support in the form of organizing sports camps, cross cultural training sessions and auspice funding from government departments. The Renmark-Paringa Community Centre Inc proposes to provide in-kind support by organising the mentoring program with others and providing a venue for nutrition information sessions. Anglican Community Care Inc proposes an in-kind contribution of advice and networks for mentoring program and links to its existing youth programs where appropriate.
This funding is subject to the partners entering into a legally binding funding agreement.
Riverland Health Service is to report on performance indicators including the number of people participating in basketball and football activities, the number of health screenings facilitated, the number of children accessing health checks and the number of children going to health plans. Renmark Paringa Community Centre will provide figures on the number of community members who participate in the nutritional programs and health awareness sessions. DECS will provide figures showing the number of youth engaging within the school system. The SRA will also be measured by the effectiveness of the transport system, the number of Indigenous volunteers, the number of cross-cultural sessions, the development of new recruitment and community relations policies by clubs.
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