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Woorabinda 'Timber Products' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)

Date: 19 January 2006
Sub Category:Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
State/Country:Queensland, Australia
Woorabinda is located in Central Queensland's Callide Valley, inland from Rockhampton.
  • Proposed contribution - Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (OIPC) (Cth) ($100,000)
  • Proposed contribution - Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) (Cth) ($183,000)
  • Proposed contribution - Anglo Coal Australia Pty Ltd (In-kind support)
  • Proposed contribution - Central Queensland Indigenous Development Ltd (In-kind support)
  • Subject Matter: | Economic Development
    Summary Information:
    The Woorabinda 'Timber Products' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) is an agreement between the Woorabinda Indigenous community, the Commonwealth Government, Anglo Coal Australia Pty Ltd and Central Queensland Indigenous Development Ltd.

    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 aims to increase the number of Woorabinda residents who are in work, thus increasing community capacity and aiding community growth. Specifically, the SRA proposes to develop a timber products enterprise which it is hoped will "showcase local products and achievements to foster a sense of pride and accomplishment".

    Shared Responsibilities
    The Woorabinda community will:
  • create a Partner Group that will provide guidance and help to the timber products enterprise;
  • supply CDEP participants for the enterprise, and help to build an extension to the furniture construction area;
  • allow business employees to access green timber on Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) land;
  • promote the achievements of the enterprise through local events and programs; and
  • provide a community champion who will attend Partner Group meetings.
    Families and individuals will:
  • attempt to gain employment in the enterprise, undertake training in carpentry and cabinet-making in order to gain qualifications (including Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment);
  • promote and purchase enterprise products; and
  • provide ongoing people to run the Partner Group.

    The Commonwealth Government, through the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination, proposes to contribute $100,000 to extend the furniture construction area. In addition, $183,000 will be provided through the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations for wages for the enterprise.

    Anglo Coal Australia Pty Ltd proposes to provide in-kind expert support, including:
  • construction project management, including the layout and design on the furniture construction area;
  • occupational health and safety training and procedures;
  • business plan and corporate structure development; and
  • marketing plan development.
    Central Queensland Indigenous Development Ltd proposes to provide in-kind support, specifically:
  • managing CDEP activities in the enterprise; and
  • nominating a community champion who will attend meetings of the Partner Group.

    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, to be provided quarterly by the Coordinator:

    1. Production and sales figures;
    2. Number of Indigenous people employed and trained in the enterprise.

    The feedback mechanisms and SRA monitoring strategies include quarterly reports on the progress of the enterprise, to be provided to the Partner Group, and the Rockhampton Indigenous Coordination Centre Manager, who will then provide feedback.

    According to Anglo Coal Australia's parent company press release, this SRA represents 'the first to involve a mining company or a private sector partner in this way.' Anglo Coal Australia's Callide and Dawson mines are located in the same area as the Woorabinda community (Anglo American press release).

  • Related Entries

  • Anglo Coal Australia Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Central Queensland Indigenous Development Ltd - Signatory
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (Cth) - Signatory
  • Rockhampton Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC)
  • People
  • Woorabinda Indigenous Community - Signatory
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Programme

  • Glossary

    Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (Australia)

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