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Date posted: 2 October 2012
A report into spending on service delivery in remote Aboriginal communities recommends a reassessment of priorities and greater transparency.
Olga Havnen's first report as Northern Territory Coordinator General states that Territory and federal governments need to be held to account for their expenditure on programs dedicated to Aboriginal service provision.
The report stresses the need for reliable data as the basis of future decision making.
Ms Havnen calls for the current focus on crisis or tertiary programs under both the NT emergency response (NTER) and Stronger futures initiatives to be balanced against an emphasis on prevention and early intervention, particularly in relation to support for children and families.
A key recommendation in the report is the need for more Aboriginal people to be involved in the formulation and delivery of programs if commitments aimed at closing the gap are to be achieved. In total, 12 recommendations are made. To read the complete report, click on the links below.
Source: Crikey and ABC news