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A.C.T. Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community 'Governance' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)

Category: Agreement
Date: 15 April 2004
Sub Category:Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
Location:Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, Australia
Alternative Names:
  • Australian Capital Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community 'Governance' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
  • Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Consultation | Leadership
    Summary Information:
    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.
    Detailed Information:

    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:
  • '[s]ocial, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being;
  • culture and learning; and
  • capacity building for all.'

    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.

    Shared Responsibilities

    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:
  • representation through a governance body established under the SRA, the 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Council', which aims to be a confederation of Indigenous focused groups in the Australian Capital Territory; and
  • involvement in comprehensive consultation aimed at identifying and developing culturally appropriate strategies to address community priorities.

    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:

  • early child development and growth;
  • early child engagement and performance;
  • positive childhood and transition to adulthood;
  • substance use and misuse;
  • functional and resilient families and communities;
  • effective environmental health systems; and
  • economic participation and development. (Minister for FACSIA, 2007)

  • Glossary

    Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (Australia)

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