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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

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Thamarrurr Agreement

21/3/2003

ATSIC NT North Commissioner, Mr Kim Hill, has welcomed today’s signing at the Wadeye community of a Shared Responsibility Agreement between the Thamarrurr Regional Council, the Commonwealth Government and the Northern Territory Government.

Wadeye and the Thamarrurr region is the only NT site for the Indigenous Communities Coordination Trial established under the Council of Australian Governments ‘whole of government approach’. Today’s Shared Responsibility Agreement represents the formal commitment between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments and the community to improve service delivery and outcomes for Indigenous people in the region.

Commissioner Hill noted that ATSIC, while not a signatory to this agreement, is an active participant in these discussions at both a local and national level and plays an integral role in ensuring both the NT and Commonwealth Governments obligations to the well-being of all Indigenous Australians are met.

“One of ATSIC’s functions under the ATSIC Act is to monitor the effectiveness of programs for Indigenous people, including those programs delivered under the responsibility of other agencies.”

The Shared Responsibility Agreement focuses on the three priority areas of Women and Families, Youth and Housing and Construction.

“All of these are important issues for our communities, but I especially welcome the focus on women and families as family is the backbone of Indigenous culture,” Commissioner Hill said.

Commissioner Hill noted that today’s signing represents a Wadeye community-driven outcome and congratulated the Thamarrurr Regional Council for its hard work and acknowledged the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services’ and the Northern Territory Government’s efforts in working with the people of the Thamarrur region.

“This is the sort of community-strengthening partnership agreement ATSIC is aiming for,” Commissioner Hill said.

Contact: David Liddle (08) 8959 4225 or 0418 246 284