Council of Territory Co-Operation Animal Welfare Governance Sub-Committee Final Report October 2011
Tabled paper 1533
Tabled Papers for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled By Lynne Walker
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65 Final Report-Local government Employment The central tenet of local government reform was there would be more local jobs. Evidence is mixed on whether this has happened. On the one hand there is quantitative information on the number of jobs now in local government and that shows about three quarters of shire employees are Indigenous. However, there is limited information about the number of jobs there were in the community government councils and an acknowledgement from government about the need for improved reporting on employment in local government. The CTC heard from shire councils that the reality of having inadequate funding was that hard decisions had to be made about subsidising some programs and services so that jobs were maintained. Community residents described seeing external contractors working in the communities on jobs that used to be done by local people. This was at the same time as people in Indigenous communities were being sought to undertake unpaid work to participate in advisory roles. Government moves to shore-up employment in local government and to continue with a modified CDEP will obviously help improve the employment situation in communities, however it emphasises the shires reliance on increased government funding assistance. The CTC suspects the importance of a viable local government sector to Indigenous employment may not have been fully understood. Perhaps the government has agreed that improved reporting needs to occur because that employment is so dependent on government spending.