A new report to Government has outlined ways for Indigenous communities and governments to work together to set priorities and streamline services at a regional level.
The Empowered Communities Report is the joint effort of a group of Indigenous leaders from across Australia brought together by the Jawun Indigenous Partnerships Corporation.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the report reinforced the Government’s priorities of getting kids to school, adults to work and making communities safer.
“The aim of the Empowered Communities proposal is to stop passive welfare, foster Indigenous-led responsibility and let local communities have a say in decisions that affect them,” Minister Scullion said.
“The recommendations focus on creating conditions that enable Indigenous people to maintain key social norms such as getting children to school every day and adults into education or work.
“The ideas contained in the report fit with the move the Government has already taken to introduce a new regional network that will work with people where they live and to streamline programmes under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
“This is all part of being closer to the ground, focusing on action which gets results and getting rid of red tape and administration.”
Minister Scullion thanked the authors, steering committee members, state and territory government representatives and private sector partners for their efforts in putting the report together.
The Government will carefully consider the report’s recommendations and will respond in due course.
The Government will seek the views of a wide range of stakeholders, including Indigenous people residing in the eight Empowered Communities regions, State and Territory Governments and Indigenous leaders.
The full report is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website: www.dpmc.gov.au.
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2015-03-28 Minister for Indigenous Affairs Media Release – Empowering Indigenous Communities.pdf