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Narrandera 'Connecting Youth to Education' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)

Date: 14 March 2005
Sub Category:Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
Place:Riverina Region
State/Country:New South Wales, Australia
Alternative Names:
  • Narrandera 'Connecting Youth to Education and Developing Skills' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
  • Payments:
  • Proposed contribution - Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination ($60,000)
  • Proposed contribution - Attorney-General's Department ($31,000)
  • Proposed contribution - Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ($37,500)
  • Proposed contribution - Narrandera TAFE (In-kind support)
  • Subject Matter: | Employment and Training | Youth
    Summary Information:
    In 2005 the Narrandera Indigenous Community signed a Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) with the Commonwealth Government to assist young residents to participate in the Dry Salt Races. Under the SRA, young people will build a motor vehicle for the races, and older youth will participate in driving lessions. They may then progress to more advanced drving qualifications. It is hoped that this initiative will support young people in developing a stronger future.

    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:

    Approximately one quarter of Narrandera's Indigenous community are under 18 years of age. The community's priorities are thus to improve the future of young people by increasing school retention rates and developing work skills.

    Shared Responsibilities

    The Commonwealth Government will provide $129,000 of 'funding to build the car and for a youth services officer to connect the participants to mainstream employment and training services.

    The NSW Police Department is playing an active role, supported by TAFE, the Road Transport Authority and volunteers including staff from local schools. Police will coordinate the motor-vehicle building project and driver training. The local TAFE will provide a mechanics teacher.

    The community will ensure school attendance through volunteers working with the home-school liaison officer, while CDEP participants will provide practical support to the young people. The community will monitor the results of the project and help to identify community work opportunities and resources for young people.

    To participate in car-building, young people must attend school and also commit to 'no drugs, no alcohol' and repaying their fines. Participants will use their new skills for community benefit such as driving a night patrol bus or taking other kids to sport and recreational activities' (SRA Fact Sheet).

    The Narrandera SRA is administered by the Wagga Wagga Indigenous Coordination Centre.

    Related Entries

  • New South Wales Police
  • Riverina Institute of TAFE
  • Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (Cth)
  • State of New South Wales
  • Wagga Wagga Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC)
  • Roads and Traffic Authority
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • People
  • Narrandera Indigenous Community - Signatory
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Programme

  • References

    Local Government Focus (2005) One stop shop for Narrandera Youth


    Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (Australia)

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