Aboriginal Affairs Strategy
The ‘Everyone Together’ Aboriginal Affairs Strategy (the Strategy) was officially launched in March 2020.
The Strategy is a 10 year plan that provides a way for the NT Government to reshape how it works with Aboriginal Territorians to support community aspirations and achieve better outcomes. The Strategy is focused on Aboriginal families, children and communities and reflects the importance of ensuring that people and place are at the centre of government policy design and service delivery, and are empowered to determine their own futures.
Everyone Together will keep track of the challenges, progress and improvements across 10 Focus Areas:
- Truth and healing
- Language and culture;
- Land and sea;
- Children and families;
- Housing and essential infrastructure;
- Justice; and
- Jobs and economy.
Performance and Reporting Framework
A Performance and Reporting Framework has been developed to detail the work undertaken by the NT Government to improve outcomes identified in the ‘Everyone Together’ Aboriginal Affairs Strategy. The Framework will gather data that will be used to inform government and community on the outcomes of policies and programs to support future decision making.
‘Everyone Together’ Aboriginal Affairs Strategy Progress Report 2021
The first annual Progress Report for the ‘Everyone Together’ Aboriginal Affairs Strategy was released in March 2021. The Report presents data provided by NT Government agencies that outlines progress against each of the Strategy’s 67 measures and 21 primary initiatives.
The National Agreement on Closing the Gap
In July 2020 the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap came into effect. The National Agreement includes the following four Priority Reform Areas, as well as 16 socio-economic targets:
- Priority Reform One – formal partnerships and shared decision-making
- Priority Reform Two - building the community-controlled sector
- Priority Reform Three - transform government organisations
- Priority Reform Four – shared access to data and information at a regional level
Both the National Agreement and the Aboriginal Affairs Strategy complement each other and provide a comprehensive approach to Aboriginal Affairs in the Northern Territory.
It is intended that, from 2022, reporting against the objectives of both of these policies will be integrated into one, unified report.
To find out more about the National Agreement on Closing the Gap you can visit Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APONT) and the Coalition of Peaks.