Annual report 2014-2015, Local Government Association of the Northern Territory
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY 41 2.11 Provide elected and local authority member training using appropriate local government specific training resources. See annual priority 2.2 2.12 Continue to collect data and develop a Northern Territory local government governance self-assessment tool and progress the production of an annual State of the Local Government Sector report for the Northern Territory. Work on the Sate of the Local Government Sector report for the Northern Territory continues. Progress has been made with regards to using the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) work force metrics data collection tool to assist with the collection of NT specific workforce data. The coordination and collection of existing information developed by councils for asset management policy, strategies and plans and long term financial implications continues. The commencement of the Local Government Excellence project will afford LGANT officers the time to dedicate to this action in the next financial year. Feedback forms for the governance training have been refined in order to feed into the governance self-assessment tool. Continued implementation of this priority will assist with LGANT input into the ALGA project, State of Assets report. 2.13 Indigenous people are engaged with the local government sector and continue to maintain high levels of employment within it. LGANT: presented at the Australian Centre of Excellence (ACELG) 4th Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Employment in Local Government Round Table in Perth (July 2014), including mention of the impacts of policy changes and local government reforms on Indigenous employment and facilitated a session on Remote Jobs in Community Program (RJCP) emailed CEOs highlighting what to include in funding applications for the Australian Governments Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) and met with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to ensure the considerations of Northern Territory Local Government were understood presented at the 5th ACELG Indigenous Roundtable in Darwin (April 2015) on the potential for local authorities to be used as a training ground for future elected members gave evidence to the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Peoples in the Australian Constitution (August 2014) through LGANT roads maintenance contracts two Indigenous persons were employed by the principal contractor on the Corella Creek Project and with the Wunara contract Phillips Contracting conducted local employment and training continued to lobby for a review of housing maintenance contracts in light of reduced local Indigenous employment on communities as a result of contracts being awarded outside local government as noted in annual priority 2.9 included in the 2015-16 LGANT budget submission was the need for ongoing funding for the NT Matching Jobs Package, a program which provides for the specific employment
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