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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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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).






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52 DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER O U TP U T G R O U P S POLICY DEVELOPMENT OVERVIEW The Policy Development Unit is developing a whole of government outlook on social policy to ensure a good fit between the social and other policy frameworks of Government. To strengthen the links between policy development and community engagement, the unit is part of the Community Engagement Division (which consists of the offices of Womens Policy, Youth Affairs, Ethnic Affairs and Senior Territorians). HIGHLIGHTS Commenced the Review of the Community Service Sector Peaks and Networks in February 2004 being undertaken in partnership with the non-government sector and involves extensive regional consultations. Developed a Community Engagement Framework to provide Government with a more systematic procedure of actively involving Territorians in relevant policy and service delivery processes. Conducted workshops for all government agencies to assist in developing individual agency community engagement charters. Won an Equity and Diversity Award (through the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment) for the Strong Family, Strong Community, Strong Future project. OUTCOMES AND ACHIEVEMENTS Holding three Strong Family workshops in Darwin. Each workshop involved around 30 participants from remote communities, receiving training on issues such as family violence and sexual abuse, suicide prevention, alcohol and other substances, and the legal processes involved in dealing with domestic violence. Completion of two successful community worker placements under the auspices of the Strong Family project. The placements provide participants from remote communities with new training, skill development and employment opportunities. STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE Supporting the Chief Minister and Government to develop a confident, growing and socially cohesive Territory Facilitating the directions and priorities of Government NATURE OF CONTRIBUTION Stimulating the process of agency social policy making and providing leadership in developing new social policy initiatives. Ongoing implementation of the Strong Family, Strong Community, Strong Future Project as the major project under the Aboriginal Family Violence Strategy. Developing a social policy statement. Developing a framework for a sustainable partnership with the Territory community service sector.