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Kempsey 'Dunghutti Youth' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
|Date:||18 May 2006|
|Sub Category:||Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)|
|Location:||Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia|
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|Kempsey is located 428km north east of Sydney on the Macleay River.|
|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Cultural Heritage | Education | Employment and Training | Youth|
|The Kempsey 'Dunghutti Youth' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) is an agreement between the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination, the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the New South Wales Department of Arts, Sport and Recreation, the Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service, the Dunghutti Elders Council (Aboriginal Corporation) and the Guri Wa Ngundagar Aboriginal Corporation for funding of the Dhungutti Youth Program which operates in Kempsey, New South Wales. |
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 provide resources to the Dunghutti Youth Program in order to increase its capacity to provide cultural connection activities for Indigenous youth and re-instil traditional cultural values and identity for young Aboriginal men in Kempsey. The program aims to assist youth at risk to achieve meaningful and sustainable improvements in their lives.
The SRA will be implemented in two stages. Stage one involves the purchase of camping equipment, subsidy of camp costs and contributions to the training and accreditation of camp facilitators. Stage two involves the development of a permanent camp facility with capacity to host up to 160 young people on eight different camps a year, and engagement with partners such as the NSW Land Council, Families First (an initiative of the New South Wales Department of Community Services), Premier's Department and Commonwealth Attorney General's Department to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program.
The Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination and the Department of Communications Technology and the Arts have proposed contributions of $89,000 and $10,000 respectively for the purchase of camping equipment and the accreditation costs for camp facilitators.
The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs proposed a contribution of $10,000 for emergency funding relief, and the NSW Department of Arts, Sport and Recreation have proposed the provision of staff to supervise the cultural camps.
In addition, the Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service has agreed to provide staff to supervise camps and access to a bus for transportation, and to auspice the program. The Dunghutti Elders (Aboriginal Corporation) has agreed to ensure appropriate cultural advice and training is provided to camp participants, and the Guri Wa Ngundagar Aboriginal Corporation have agreed to assist with access to a bus and CDEP placements.
The Community members will:
Individuals and families will:
The funding of the SRA is subject to the partners entering into a legally binding funding agreement.
Performance Indicators and Feedback Mechanisms
SRA performance indicators include increased school retention rates, increased involvement of community members and Elders in supporting youth activities, increased cultural identity for participating youth, a reduction of crime in Kempsey and the creation of safe, healthy and supportive families.
Elders and community members trained as camp facilitators will be required to provide quarterly feedback on a number of key indicators including:
In addition to these factors, participating school principals are required to provide an annual report on the proportion of indigenous students that progress from year nine to year 10, 11 and 12. Also required will be quarterly reports on the number of absent Indigenous student days per term. Kempsey police are also required to provide information relating to the number of instances of juvenile crime.
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