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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 12 First Report Territory and Australian Governments, along with a new way to allocating funding to communities.26 Employment and Economic Development While an Indigenous Economic Development Strategy will guide implementation, Working Future identifies that future employment and economic development will be based on: secure land tenure being negotiated with land owners to attract private investment; economic development plans being prepared for each town; and providing training and development to overcome skill gaps. Remote Transport Under Working Future it is planned to develop: a new integrated transport system to link people to towns; reliable transport services and road access; and better links between remote towns and urban centres. Targets and Evaluation The nationally negotiated COAG targets for Closing the Gap have been adopted as the measurement framework for Working Future. The six core targets that will be reported against annually are: 1. closing the life expectancy gap within a generation; 2. halving the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade; 3. ensuring all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years; 4. halving the gap for Indigenous students in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade; 5. halving the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 attainment, or equivalent attainment rates, by 2020; and 6. halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians within a decade. Progress in implementing Working Future during its first six months has recently been noted by the Coordinator-General for Remote Services. The key progress areas noted are: improved service delivery coordination by government; extensive consultations undertaken in the review of outstations and homelands; an Integrated Regional Transport Strategy is near completion; and progress in collecting baseline data for the growth towns and identification of service delivery gaps.27 The Coordinator-General also noted that securing growth towns leases is the most fundamental issue to securing outcomes envisaged under both the Remote Service Delivery and Working Future...28 26 NTG, Working Future. 27 NT Coordinator-General, Report #1, pp.13-19. 28 NT Coordinator-General, Report #1, p.29.

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