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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory of Australia Aboriginal Areas



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory of Australia Aboriginal Areas

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PERFORMANCE REPORTING - ABORIGINAL AREAS PROTECTION AUTHORITY - 14 PROTECTION OF SITES The Authoritys overarching responsibility is to protect sacred sites. The Sacred Sites Act provides for the protection of sacred sites through the registration of sites and inspections of the Register of Sacred Sites, and through consultations with custodians to develop sacred site avoidance procedures (Authority Certificates) relating to the use and development of land in the Northern Territory. Overall performance in a financial year is quantified by: the number of sites registered; the requests for inspections of the Register (and other archives); and the number of Authority Certificate applications completed. Quality is reflected in the number of statutory appeals on Authority decisions under Part III Division 3 of the Sacred Sites Act or Section 9 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (Commonwealth). Timeliness is assessed as the average/mean number of days between application and completion of Authority Certificates. OUTPUT GROUP The Output Group for the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority is Protection of Sacred Sites. OUTCOME Increased certainty and protection of sacred sites for users of land and for Aboriginal custodians, by identifying potential constraints on land-use. OUTPUT PERFORMANCE The Authority reports against agreed performance measures as part of its Output Performance. These performance measures provide an indication of the current workload and performance of the Authority. Performance measures Actual 2008-09 Actual 2009-10 Target 2010-11 Actual 2010-11 - Quantity - Requests for Register inspections, sites recorded and applications for Authority Certificates completed. 1184 1530 870 1236 - Quality - Statutory appeals minimized. <1% <1% <1% <1% - Timeliness - Average elapsed time between request and completion of [Authority Certificate] service. 141 days 125 days 100 days 132 days In 2010-11, the Authoritys overall workload, as measured by the aggregate of all sacred site information requests completed, remained high. The Authority continued to deliver quality outcomes, with less than 1 per cent of Authority Certificates being subject to statutory appeals. One statutory appeal was received in 2010-11. The outcome of which the Minister decided not to accept the application for a Ministerial Review of the actions and conduct of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (under Section 30 of the Sacred Sites Act) as all

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