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Kulaluk and Minmarama Park 'Developing a Mud-Crab Business' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)

Date: 1 January 2005
Sub Category:Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
Place:Darwin Harbour
State/Country:Northern Territory, Australia
Subject Matter:Aquaculture | | Economic Development | Employment and Training
Summary Information:
The Kulaluk and Minmarama Park 'Developing a Mud-Crab Business Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) provides the foundations for a mud-crab business that can employ young people and develop business skills amongst Indigenous communities in Darwin Harbour. The business venture has commenced, with the purchase of crablets, the development of hatchery facilities and the preparation of a business plan. The SRA outlines the measures involved in ensuring the mud-crab business is sustainable.

Shared Responsibility Agreements are agreements between governments and Indigenous communities to provide discretionary funding in return for community obligations. The new arrangements developed from an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments and replace the previous ATSIC system of funding. For more information see 'Shared Responsibility Agreement' below.
Detailed Information:

The SRA focuses on the economic self-sufficiency of the Kulaluk and Minmarama Park communities. As part of this aim, the SRA will provide an employment future for young people in these communities. The technical support and facilities in the SRA are essential to fulfilling these purposes.

Shared Responsibilities

The Commonwealth government will provide both infrastructure and training for the SRA. With a contribution of $450,000, the government will upgrade infrastructure and the mud-crab hatchery. Business, finance and training programs for the communities will be provided alongside job, training and work experience opportunities. There will be specialist aquaculture support, as well as a project officer to coordinate business development.

The Commonwealth government's contribution will be coordinated through Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) and the Structured Training and Employment Projects (STEP).

The communities of Kulaluk and Minmarama Park will participate in the community planning process and develop a profit-share scheme for workers. The communities will employ a consultant to develop a long-term business plan and support the placement of an Indigenous Community Volunteer. In addition, the communities will mentor young job seekers, seek out commercial partnerships and ensure that adequate governance structures are in place.

The Kulaluk and Minmarama Park 'Developing a Mud-Crab Business' SRA will be negotiated by the Darwin Indigenous Coordination Centre.

Related Entries

  • Gwalwa Daraniki Association Incorporated
  • Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (Cth)
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • Darwin Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC)
  • People
  • Kulaluk Community - Signatory
  • Minmarama Park Community - Signatory
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Structured Training and Employment Projects (STEP)
  • Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Programme

  • References

    Office of Indigenous Policy (2005) New Darwin Crab Farm
    News Item
    Mark Metherell (2005) Caring now means sharing responsibility


    Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (Australia)

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