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Remote Engagement and Coordination

The Territory Government is committed to overcoming disadvantage and improving the lives of Aboriginal people in the Territory.

The Remote, Engagement and Coordination Unit are responsible for whole of government coordination and oversight of the National Partnership Agreement on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory and the Territory Government’s regional strategies. This is achieved by:
•    leading the coordination of 6 monthly Implementation Plan reporting for NTG agencies to the Commonwealth
•    support the co-chair to the Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Regional Partnership Agreement
•    developing and implementing systems, processes and relationships for government to effectively engage with remote communities

The National Partnership Agreement on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory is a long term, generational commitment based on delivering coordinated, targeted and accelerated development in Indigenous communities.

Indigenous Governance and Leadership Development Project

The Northern Territory Government has engaged the Northern Institute of Charles Darwin University to provide governance and leadership support to the communities of Milingimbi, Gapuwiyak, Ramingining, Wurrumiyanga and Ntaria.

Known as the Indigenous Governance and Leadership Development Project, it provides two years of intensive assistance to individuals and decision-making groups including the Local Reference Groups, members of local authorities, local corporations, School councils and a range of others. 

The project was made possible by funding from the Australian Government through its former Indigenous Capability and Development program.  The goals of this program were to improve understanding of Aboriginal and Western governance systems, and grow knowledge and skills in governance and leadership in remote communities.

The Indigenous Governance and Leadership Project uses a distinctive ‘Ground Up’ approach that engages project participants in designing learning activities appropriate to their governance and leadership needs.  It has been enthusiastically received by community members and organisations.

The project has two stages. Stage 1 focused on building relationships with key stakeholders and developing place based plans for governance and leadership activities. In Stage 2, the support and up-skilling activities negotiated in Stage 1 are being implemented.

Remote Engagement and Coordination Strategy

The Department is working with the Department of Local Government and Regions to develop a Northern Territory Remote Engagement and Coordination Strategy.

This strategy will build on previous efforts to improve engagement through the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership Agreement, which ceased on the 30 June 2014. The Remote Engagement and Coordination Strategy aims  to:

  • better coordinate the way that government engages with remote leaders and governance groups, to reduce the burden of consultation currently faced by  remote community leaders;
  • up-skill public servants who engage with remote residents, to improve outcomes from consultation and engagement activity;  and
  • better track and coordinate responses to issues and priorities raised by remote community residents.