Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Report on Consultations



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Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Report on Consultations












Stronger Futures in the
Northern Territory


Report on Consultations

October 2011




Table of Contents


Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory 1

Report on Consultations 1

October 2011 1

Table of Contents 3

Foreword 8

9

Executive Summary 10



Consultation approach 10

Key themes and messages 11

Individual measures 12

School attendance and educational achievement 12

Economic development and employment 12

Tackling alcohol abuse 13

Community safety 13

Health 14

Community stores 14

Housing 14

Governance 14

Structure of report 15

1. Introduction 16

Background 16

Discussion paper 16

Consultation process 17

Preparation and logistics 19

Communications materials 19

Interpreters 19

Oversight and assurance of the consultation process 19

Continuous improvement 20

Recording the views of participants 20

A template was developed to collect the feedback from the consultation meetings. The same template was used for Tier 1 and 2 meetings. The template included the discussion paper questions. The template was completed by the meeting facilitators and scribes from notes they took at the meetings. The feedback reports for Tier 2 meetings were taken back to communities for verification. 20

Limitations on interpretation of the consultation data 20

The consultations were a process of dialogue aimed at seeking a diverse range of views and ideas. The feedback reports and summaries from the consultations provided qualitative rather than quantitative information on the outcomes of the consultations. 20

Other issues raised by participants 21

The consultation process provided an opportunity for participants to raise any issue they wished with officials — for example, issues about the shires, gambling, substance misuse, houses, community facilities and roads were raised. Processes for follow-up and referral were put in place. 21

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Follow-up on community feedback 21

2. Key Priority Areas for Action — What People Said 22

Context 22

School attendance and educational achievement 23

What are the key factors in getting children and young people in remote communities to go to school regularly? 23

How can we improve educational outcomes of young people in remote communities? 24

What can the Government do to encourage this, for example, through links to welfare payments? 26

How can parents be encouraged and assisted to better support and play a greater role in their children’s development, education and health? 28

How can schools and local communities improve access and participation in early childhood services? 28

How can we attract good teachers to remote schools and preschools, and retain them? 29

How would you like to be involved? 30

Other comments 31

Economic development and employment 32

How can the Government further improve employment and economic development opportunities in Northern Territory remote communities? 33

What changes can be made to remote participation and employment programs in the Northern Territory to increase economic participation? 35

What can be done to link jobseekers in Northern Territory communities with employment opportunities? 37

Tackling alcohol abuse 39

Will communities benefit from continuing the current Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) alcohol restrictions? 39

How could they (the NTER alcohol restrictions) be improved? 41

How can alcohol management plans (AMPs) be strengthened to ensure that there is a clear focus on reducing alcohol-related harm? 42

What other things should be done to reduce alcohol-related harm? 42

What can we do to reduce the supply of alcohol, including very cheap alcohol? 44

Other comments 46

Community safety and protection of children 47

What is the best way to make communities safer? 47

Which services make the most difference? Safe houses, police, community night patrols, child protection workers, better planning and use of existing services? 49

Safe houses 49

Police 50

Community night patrols 50

Child protection workers 51

Better planning and use of existing services 51

Should the current special measures about community safety continue? How could they be improved? 52

Other comments 52

Health 54

Have individuals, families and communities benefited from the expanded health services? 54

Which health programs and services are working well? 55

Which programs and services need to be improved? 56

Are there any health programs and services which are missing? 57

What else could be done to improve health outcomes in your community? 58

How would you like to be involved? 59

Food security 61

How can the current stores licensing arrangements be improved? 61

What other ways can we ensure that good quality food is available and affordable in communities? 61

What is the best way of supporting store committees to oversee their stores? What is the best way of combining strong business and retail experience with strong community ownership? 64

Other comments: income management 65

Housing 67

How could we improve the way housing is provided and managed in remote locations? 67

Leasing 70

What kind of expanded role could community housing service providers have? 70

How can greater private home ownership be encouraged? 71

Other comments 71

Governance 72

How can people in communities have a better say about what is happening in communities? 72

How can governments work better with community? 73

What are the most important aspects of community governance? 74

Other comments 76

3. Public Meetings 77

School attendance and educational achievement 77

Economic development and employment 78

Tackling alcohol abuse 79

Community safety and the protection of children 79

Health 80

Food security 80

Housing 80

Governance 80

Appendices 81

Appendix 1: Consultation guide 81

Following are the questions on each of the key priority areas in the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory discussion paper which were used as a guide to focus and structure the community consultations and public meetings. 81

School attendance and educational achievement 81

Economic development and employment 81

Tackling alcohol abuse 81

Community safety and protection of children 81

Health 82

Food security 82

Housing 82

Governance 82

Appendix 2: Community consultations — participating communities 82

Notes: 85

Appendix 3: Meetings with stakeholder organisations and individuals 86

Appendix 4 90

stronger futures in the northern territory 90

report on consultations 90

Appendix 5: Reference documents 91


Foreword 5

Executive Summary 7

Consultation approach 7

Key themes and messages 8

Individual measures 9

Structure of report 12

1. Introduction 13

Background 13

Discussion paper 13

Consultation process 14

2. Key Priority Areas for Action — What People Said 19

Context 19

School attendance and educational achievement 20

What are the key factors in getting children and young people in remote


communities to go to school regularly? 20

How can we improve educational outcomes of young people in remote


communities? 21

What can the Government do to encourage this, for example, through links


to welfare payments? 23

How can parents be encouraged and assisted to better support and play a


greater role in their children’s development, education and health? 25

How can schools and local communities improve access and participation in


early childhood services? 25

How can we attract good teachers to remote schools and preschools, and


retain them? 26

How would you like to be involved? 27


Economic development and employment 29

How can the Government further improve employment and economic


development opportunities in Northern Territory remote communities? 30

What changes can be made to remote participation and employment programs in


the Northern Territory to increase economic participation? 32

What can be done to link jobseekers in Northern Territory communities with


employment opportunities? 34
Tackling alcohol abuse 36

Will communities benefit from continuing the current Northern Territory


Emergency Response (NTER) alcohol restrictions? 36

How could they (the NTER alcohol restrictions) be improved? 38

How can alcohol management plans (AMPs) be strengthened to ensure that there
is a clear focus on reducing alcohol-related harm? 39

What other things should be done to reduce alcohol-related harm? 39

What can we do to reduce the supply of alcohol, including very cheap alcohol? 41

Community safety and protection of children 44

What is the best way to make communities safer? 44

Which services make the most difference? Safe houses, police, community night


patrols, child protection workers, better planning and use of existing services? 46

Safe houses 46

Police 47

Community night patrols 47

Child protection workers 48

Better planning and use of existing services 48

Others?

Should the current special measures about community safety continue?


How could they be improved? 48
Health 51

Have individuals, families and communities benefited from the expanded


health services? 51

Which health programs and services are working well? 52

Which programs and services need to be improved? 53

Are there any health programs and services which are missing? 54

What else could be done to improve health outcomes in your community? 55

How would you like to be involved? 56


Food security 58

How can the current stores licensing arrangements be improved? 58

What other ways can we ensure that good quality food is available and affordable in communities? 58

What is the best way of supporting store committees to oversee their stores?

What is the best way of combining strong business and retail experience with strong community ownership? 61
Housing 64

How could we improve the way housing is provided and managed in


remote locations? 64

Leasing 67

What kind of expanded role could community housing service providers have? 67

How can greater private home ownership be encouraged? 68


Governance 69

How can people in communities have a better say about what is happening in communities? 69

How can governments work better with community? 70

What are the most important aspects of community governance? 71

3. Public Meetings 74

Appendices 78

1. Consultation guide 78

2. Community consultations — participating communities 80

3. Meetings with stakeholder organisations and individuals 83

4. Assurance letter 86



5. Reference documents 87






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