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The Council of Territory Co-operation Committee First Report February 2010



The Council of Territory Co-operation Committee First Report February 2010

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Council of Territory Co-operation 4 First Report 2. CONTEXT AND HISTORIES OF THE THREE PROGRAMS In December 2007 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a partnership between governments to work with Indigenous communities to achieve the target of Closing the Gap in Indigenous Disadvantage. Since then numerous detailed agreements that each seek to address specific components of Indigenous disadvantage have been negotiated. The COAG Reform Council was established by COAG in 2008 as part of new arrangements for federal financial relations and for COAG to drive a national reform agenda. Within this agenda a number of National Agreements and National Partnership Agreements (NPAs) have been signed. Table 1 shows the NPAs relevant to SIHIP and/or Working Future, in particular. Other related NPAs may also be relevant.2 Table 1. Relevant National Partnership Agreements National Affordable Housing Agreement Social Housing NPA Homelessness NPA National Indigenous Reform Agreement Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes NPA Remote Indigenous Housing NPA Indigenous Economic Participation NPA Remote Service Delivery NPA Indigenous Early Childhood Development NPA SIHIP is part of arrangements between governments under the Remote Indigenous Housing NPA. Working Futures goals fall within the arrangements for the National Indigenous Reform Agreement and its associated NPAs. Each of the Agreements includes detailed reporting requirements, negotiated through Bilateral Implementation Plans, between the Australian and Northern Territory Governments. While unrelated to SIHIP or the other programs being investigated, the role of the Australian Governments Northern Territory Emergency Response (often referred to as the Intervention) needs to be noted. As part of the Intervention, the Australian Government currently holds five-year leases over 64 Northern Territory communities.3 Additional lease arrangements will not be needed for those communities prior to receiving SIHIP housing refurbishment.4 2 Council of Australian Governments (COAG), Intergovernmental agreements referred to the council by COAG, COAG Reform Agenda, http://www.coag.gov.au/crc/docs/IGAs_referred_to_the_Council.rtf, accessed 31 December 2009. 3 Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Five year leases on Aboriginal townships, NT Emergency Response, http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/indigenous/progserv/ntresponse/about_response/housing_land_reform/Pa ges/five_year_leases_aboriginal_townships.aspx, accessed 31 December 2009. Some (26) leases commenced in August 2007, while most (38) commenced in February 2008. 4 Australian Government and Northern Territory Government, A New Remote Housing System, http://www.territoryhousing.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/56294/Land_leasing_and_the_link_to _better_remote_housing_20080828.pdf, accessed 31 December 2009.

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