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An independent evaluation of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) has found Aboriginal people living in remote communities in the Northern Territory feel safer and receive better levels of government services than they did four years ago.
The evaluation report, the most comprehensive to be conducted on the NTER to date, also finds that improving school enrolment and attendance and providing employment opportunities are key challenges that need to be addressed in the future.
The evaluation report has been prepared by experts, including prominent Australian research agencies and bodies such as the Australian Council for Education Research and the Australian Institute of Criminology. An independent advisory group helped oversee the preparation of the report.
One of the major segments of the evaluation report is the Community safety and wellbeing research study, which incorporates the views and experiences of 1,300 Aboriginal people from 16 communities.
Much of the work in this study was done by local Aboriginal people who were trained in research practices.