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Annual report 2003 - 2004



Annual report 2003 - 2004

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Department of the Chief Minister


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27ANNUAL REPORT 2003 - 2004 O U TP U T G R O U P S INDIGENOUS POLICY OVERVIEW To facilitate the directions and priorities of Government, the Office of Indigenous Policy is Governments lead agency in providing whole of government strategic policy advice on Indigenous affairs, including: coordination of the development of policies and strategies to resolve outstanding and future land issues; improving the social wellbeing and living conditions of Indigenous Territorians; enabling effective Indigenous governance and capacity building to develop sustainable communities; and communicating the Governments policies to the Indigenous and the wider community. HIGHLIGHTS The Parks and Reserves (Framework for the Future) Act 2003 was passed on 26 November 2003. The Bill was released for public comment in September prior to tabling in the October Legislative Assembly sittings. Extensive stakeholder briefings were conducted, including environmental, tourism and mining interests. The Act provides a framework for the establishment, maintenance and joint management of a comprehensive system of parks and reserves in the Northern Territory. An initial step in the Indigenous Community Coordinaton Pilot Trial at Wadeye was to engage Dr John Taylor from the Australian National Universitys Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research to work with local community POLICY ADVICE AND PUBLIC SECTOR COORDINATION STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE Facilitating the directions and priorities of Government Leadership of cross-agency coordination Preserving and building a socially cohesive Territory NATURE OF CONTRIBUTION Develop constructive relationships with the Australian and other State and Territory Governments to ensure the Territorys position is advanced. Implement Governments policy in relation to Indigenous land issues. Ensure effective implementation of the partnership agreement with Thamarrurr under the COAG priority communities project (Indigenous Communities Coordination Pilots). Coordinate the implementation of the Northern Territory Governments response to the COAG, National Framework of Principles for Delivering of services to Indigenous Australians. Develop strategies to improve the well-being of Indigenous Territorians. Facilitate independent evaluation of Indigenous governance models.