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Amata 'Amata Pool' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)

Date: 10 January 2006
Sub Category:Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
State/Country:South Australia, Australia
According to the Tjala Arts website, Amata 'is an Aboriginal community situated in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunyjatjara Lands (APY) in the far Northwest of South Australia. Amata is situated amongst the picturesque Musgrave Ranges, approximately 120km south of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and 500km southwest of Alice Springs.'
  • Proposed contribution - Commonwealth Government (ATSIC) ($1,250,000)
  • Proposed contribution - Department of Education and Children's Services (In-kind support)
  • Subject Matter: | Sports and Physical Recreation | Youth
    Detailed Information:
    The Amata 'Amata Pool' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) is an agreement between the Amata Community, the Commonwealth Government and the South Australian Government. It proposes to provide the funding for the installation of a new pool. The new Amata pool would continue the current 'no school, no pool' policy.

    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.


    The SRA aims to encourage the health benefits associated with a swimming pool by both installing a new pool and putting in place a comprehensive program to ensure that the pool is well run and maintained. The SRA also aims to improve the health of local children by encouraging them to attend weekly health checks at the Amata health clinic, and to participate in the school daily health program.

    Shared Responsibilities

    The community will:
  • encourage other communities to use the pool and organise local swimming carnivals;
  • establish a Pool Management Committee, to be comprised of community, school, clinic and homelands representatives;
  • ensure that all pool staff are appropriately accredited, and develop a roster that ensures that the pool is open and staffed by appropriately accredited people;
  • support the environmental health and youth workers, and work with health officials to ensure that good health practices are followed;
  • keep records of the number of people using the pool; and
  • commit, via the Amata Community Council, to take responsibility of the pool within four years.

    Families/individuals will:
  • pay the levy directed towards ongoing costs associated with the pool and imposed by the Amata Community Council;
  • respect the 'no school, no pool' policy;
  • attend swimming lessons;
  • volunteer to assist in the running of swimming carnivals;
  • agree on a code of conduct for the pool;
  • advise the pool manager of any incidents that may affect water quality;
  • ensure the security of the pool at night, via the Amata Night Patrol; and
  • ensure that community members who are pool workers attend training sessions to ensure appropriate accreditation.

    The Commonwealth Government proposes to provide $1,250,000 for the construction of the swimming pool. The South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services proposes to manage the pool for the first four years.

    The funding of the SRA is subject to the partners entering into a legally binding funding agreement.

    Performance Indicators and Feedback Mechanisms

    The SRA provides for the following performance indicators:
    1. Number of absent Indigenous student days per term, to be provide quarterly by the Amata school;
    2. Number of both children and adults who achieved a recognised swimming standard, to be provided once by the Amata community; and
    3. Number of Indigenous children with skin, eye and ear infections, to be provided annually by the Health Clinic.

    The feedback mechanisms include:
  • The Port Augusta Indigenous Coordination Centre will liaise with the Amata community council and school principal on the progress of the SRA; and
  • Reports will also be provided by the Pool Management Committee to both the community council and the State Government.

  • Related Entries

  • Amata Community Council - Signatory
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • State of South Australia - Signatory
  • Department of Education and Children's Services (SA) - Signatory
  • Port Augusta Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC)
  • People
  • Amata Indigenous Community - Signatory
  • Pitjantjatjara People
  • Ngaanyatjarra People
  • Yankunytjatjara People

  • Glossary

    Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (Australia)

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