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


Report on Consultations 1

October 2011 1

Consultation approach 7

Key themes and messages 8

Individual measures 9

School attendance and educational achievement 9

Economic development and employment 9

Tackling alcohol abuse 10

Community safety 10

Health 11

Community stores 11

Housing 11

Governance 11

Structure of report 12

Background 13

Discussion paper 13

Consultation process 14

Preparation and logistics 16

Communications materials 16

Interpreters 16

Oversight and assurance of the consultation process 16

Continuous improvement 17

Recording the views of participants 17

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. 17

Limitations on interpretation of the consultation data 17

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. 17

Other issues raised by participants 18

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. 18

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Follow-up on community feedback 18



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? 22

What can the Government do to encourage this, for example, through links to welfare payments? 24

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? 26

How can we attract good teachers to remote schools and preschools, and retain them? 26

How would you like to be involved? 28

Other comments 29

Economic development and employment 30

How can the Government further improve employment and economic development opportunities in Northern Territory remote communities? 31

What changes can be made to remote participation and employment programs in the Northern Territory to increase economic participation? 33

What can be done to link jobseekers in Northern Territory communities with employment opportunities? 35

Will communities benefit from continuing the current Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) alcohol restrictions? 37

How could they (the NTER alcohol restrictions) be improved? 39

How can alcohol management plans (AMPs) be strengthened to ensure that there is a clear focus on reducing alcohol-related harm? 40

What other things should be done to reduce alcohol-related harm? 41

What can we do to reduce the supply of alcohol, including very cheap alcohol? 43

Other comments 44

Community safety and protection of children 46

What is the best way to make communities safer? 46

Which services make the most difference? Safe houses, police, community night patrols, child protection workers, better planning and use of existing services? 48

Safe houses 48

Police 48

Community night patrols 49

Child protection workers 50

Better planning and use of existing services 50

Should the current special measures about community safety continue? How could they be improved? 50

Other comments 51

Health 53

Have individuals, families and communities benefited from the expanded health services? 53

Which health programs and services are working well? 54

Which programs and services need to be improved? 55

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

What else could be done to improve health outcomes in your community? 57

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 73

How can people in communities have a better say about what is happening in communities? 73

How can governments work better with community? 74

What are the most important aspects of community governance? 75

Other comments 76

School attendance and educational achievement 78

Economic development and employment 79

Tackling alcohol abuse 80

Community safety and the protection of children 80

Health 81

Food security 81

Housing 81

Governance 81

Appendix 1: Consultation guide 82

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. 82

School attendance and educational achievement 82

Economic development and employment 82

Tackling alcohol abuse 82

Community safety and protection of children 82

Health 83

Food security 83

Housing 83

Governance 83

Appendix 2: Community consultations —




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