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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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29ANNUAL REPORT 2003 - 2004 O U TP U T G R O U P S In collaboration with the Secretariat for the Review of Commonwealth State Service Provision, two Indigenous Indicators Workshops were conducted in Darwin and Alice Springs seeking the views of Indigenous organisations on the COAG Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report. Whole of government submissions were made to the Aboriginal Torres Stait Islander Commission (ATSIC) review and to the Northern Territory Government Submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry on Northern Territory Indigenous Affairs: Examination of Structural Relationships in Indigenous Affairs and Indigenous Governance within the Northern Territory. The Jabiru Region Sustainability Project was established to manage the movement of the town and its region from a mining-based economy when the mining operations closes, to one reliant on tourism and other community- generated activity. The project is also exploring an agreed approach to resolving recognition of the Mirrars traditional ownership of the township area. Two editions of Common Ground (14 000 copies), a 48-page news magazine providing information on Governments policies and programs for Indigenous people were distributed through mailing lists, the show circuit and key community events. OUTLOOK Continue leadership of cross-agency coordination through: to provide whole of Government leadership in tackling Indigenous issues including proactive engagement and negotiations with the Australian Government; the Chief Executives Taskforce on Indigenous Affairs; the InterDepartmental Indigenous Land Group; the Indigenous Communities Coordination Pilots; the Chief Ministers Taskforce on Priority Partnerships; and Standing Commitee for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Affairs and Ministerial Council for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Affairs. Continue facilitation of the directions and priorities of Government through: implementation of Governments policy in relation to Indigenous land; implementation of the Framework for the Future Act; long-term leasing on Aboriginal land; reform of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976; and policy framework for Government support for Prescribed Bodies Corporate. Continue actions aimed at preserving and building a socially cohesive Territory through: two more editions of Common Ground; and response to the Bringing Them Home Report, submissions to the Native Title Representative Bodies inquiry, the Senate Inquiry into the ATSIC Bill and other key Commonwealth and Northern Territory Parliamentary inquiries support for Indigenous engagement activities relating to Statehood. POLICY ADVICE AND PUBLIC SECTOR COORDINATION