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Illawarra Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA)
|Date:||9 December 2010|
|Date To:||9 December 2013|
|Sub Category:||Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA)|
|Location:||Illawarra Region, New South Wales, Australia|
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|This Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) applies with respect to the Illawarra region in the state of New South Wales. This region includes the local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Wingecarribee. It is home to a number of different groups that represent traditional owners in the area, including the Dharawal people, and also the Wodi Wodi and Gundungaurra people (Clause 1.1.1).|
|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Economic Development | Education | Health and Community Services | Housing, Construction and Infrastructure | Leadership|
|The Illawarra Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) was signed on 9 December 2010 by the following parties:|
The purpose of this RPA is to set out a three-year action plan for the governments and the Aboriginal community groups in a number of priority areas such as employment, sustainability and housing. According to a joint media release by the Hon Jenny Macklin MP and others, the RPA is intended to enable the parties to 'work together to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage' in the Illawarra area (Macklin, 2010).
|Background to this RPA|
The Illawarra RPA is the product of over five years of negotiations between the Australian government, the New South Wales government and the Illawarra Aboriginal Community Based Working Group, which was established in 2003 by members of the Illawarra region's Aboriginal communities and their elders. These negotiations have also been supplemented by extensive community consultation, with four community advocates joining the Delegates, Advocates and Government Steering Committee charged with preparing a final version of the agreement.
As per Clause 1.1.1 of this agreement, the RPA was intended to develop a strategy for dealing with the following kinds of issues:
In addressing these issues, the RPA builds on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Agenda on Indigenous Reform and the 'Closing the Gap' strategy (as expressed in the National Indigenous Reform Agreement of 2008). In particular, it seeks to implement the six life expectancy, infant mortality, education and employment targets agreed upon by COAG. It also aims to reinforce commitments made in the Service Delivery Principles for Services for Indigenous Australians (COAG 2008), the Urban and Regional Service Delivery Strategy for Indigenous Australians (COAG 2009) and the 2005-2010 Overarching Agreement on Aboriginal Affairs between the Commonwealth government and the New South Wales government, which ratified the NSW Two Ways Together Framework.
Roles of the parties to this RPA
The roles of the parties to this RPA are set out in Clause 4 of the agreement.
The Commonwealth government
Pursuant to this agreement, the Commonwealth government will provide $274,000 in funding over the coming year to enable initiatives in a number of priority areas (Macklin, 2010).
Through the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) (which will, in turn, work through the Sydney Aboriginal Coordination Centre), the Commonwealth will make an input to the negotiation, development and implementation of its agreed action plans under this RPA. It will also evaluate the implementation of these plans, while providing support for community leadership.
The New South Wales government
Like the Commonwealth government, the New South Wales government will coordinate the input of state government agencies into the negotiation, development and implementation of its agreed action plans under this RPA. It will also provide support and direction for community leadership.
The Illawarra Aboriginal Community Based Working Group and the Aboriginal organisations
The Illawarra Aboriginal Community Based Working Group will have the role of keeping the lines of communication open between all levels of government and the local Aboriginal organisations that are party to this RPA.
Key action areas and commitments under this RPA
Pursuant to this RPA, the parties have made the following commitments in priority areas related to their central goal of 'Closing the Gap' (as it is expressed in the National Indigenous Reform Agreement):
Action Area 1: leadership and governance
According to the media release by the Hon Jenny Macklin and others, the Commonwealth government has allocated $80,000 for these initiatives (Macklin, 2010).
Action Area 2: employment
Action Area 3: education
Action Area 4: access to housing
According to the media release by the Hon Jenny Macklin and others, the Commonwealth government will commit $20,000 towards upgrading housing for Aboriginal people wiht a disability in Shellharbour (Macklin, 2010).
Action Area 5: strengthening capacity of Aboriginal organisations
Action Area 6: culturally competent services
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