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Fourth report on remote Indigenous services details improvements in 29 remote locations

Date posted: 19 October 2011

The Australian Government has released the fourth six-monthly report from the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services, Brian Gleeson, on the progress being made in delivering essential services to people living in the 29 priority Indigenous locations across Australia.

The report details the performance of Commonwealth, Territory and State governments in meeting their commitment to implement the National partnership on remote service delivery. It provides an assessment of progress, particularly in relation to the community and government agreed Local implementation plans in each location.

Under the Remote service delivery strategy, all governments have signed up to a concentrated approach to tackle disadvantage in the select Indigenous communities.

At the halfway point in the National partnership on remote service delivery, the Coordinator General has found that a number of improvements have been made in the 29 locations through the Local implementation plans, including:

  • improved access to early childhood services in the Western Australian communities of Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Beagle Bay, on the Dampier Peninsula
  • regular community meetings on Mornington Island and separate men's and women's gatherings in Doomadgee, Queensland, to actively address local issues such as crime and negative behaviour
  • Local implementation plan monitoring and evaluation training for community members in Amata and Mimili, South Australia, and subsequent employment of trained community members by the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • two-year policing trial in the Northern Territory communities of Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Yuendumu, Lajamanu, Wadeye, Maningrida, Angurugu and Umbakumba, incorporating the work of Community Police Engagement Officers.

For access to an online copy of this report, see links to the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's Bibliography, below.


Last updated: 19 October 2011
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