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Circular Head 'Community History and Cultural Awareness' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)

Date: 31 October 2005
Sub Category:Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
Place:Circular Head
State/Country:Tasmania, Australia
Circular Head is located in the far north-west of Tasmania.
  • Proposed contribution - Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination ($5,000)
  • Proposed contribution - Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts ($10,600)
  • Proposed contribution - Big hART (In-kind support)
  • Subject Matter: | Cultural Heritage | Education
    Summary Information:
    The Circular Head 'Community History and Cultural Awareness' Shared Responsibility Agreement is aimed at recording and presenting the Aboriginal history of Circular Head as part of a bigger project to explore the extent of Aboriginal ancestry in the area.

    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:

    This SRA seeks to combat the current ignorance of local indigenous history and ancestry in Circular Head by collating and publishing the oral histories of local Elders. It is hoped that this will form the basis of a history resource base that will improve the knowledge of the local Aboriginal community of their history. It is also envisaged that the project will produce an interpretative cultural history display of the region's Aboriginal inhabitants.

    Shared Responsibilities

    The community will appoint a Project Leader and a Steering Committee to oversee the progress of the project. Community members will volunteer on the project and will make presentations on the community's oral history to children and young people participating in Circular Head Aboriginal Communities (CHAC) youth camps. In addition, the CHAC artist-in-residence will work with both the community and Big hART to design the cultural history interactive display.

    Families and individuals will participate in project planning meetings and volunteers will run cultural awareness sessions in the local community. Elders and community members will take part in the recording of oral histories.

    The Commonwealth Government, through the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (OIPC), proposes to provide $5000 for a Project Leader. It will also provide $10,600 through the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) for history recording, collation and publication. Big hART, an organisation that conducts art-based projects in remote and rural communities, will provide technical assistance and help in the overall project design.

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

    Performance Indicators and Feedback Mechanisms

    CHAC will report on the outcomes of the history awareness sessions that will held at CHAC youth camps on a six-monthly basis. It will also report on the number of community members who are participating in the recording of histories, as well as the number of oral histories recorded.

    Hobart Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC) staff will be in regular contact with the community for feedback, and the CHAC artist-in-residence will report to the CHAC Committee on the project's progress and will submit for approval the interpretative display's design plans.
    As of May 2006, 28 people had participated in cultural awareness sessions, and 26 Elders were approached to record their histories. The history publication was being printed.

    Related Entries

  • Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (Cth) - Signatory
  • Commonwealth of Australia
  • Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Cth) - Signatory
  • Big hART Inc - Signatory
  • State of Tasmania
  • Hobart Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC)
  • Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation
  • People
  • Circular Head Indigenous Community - Signatory

  • Glossary

    Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (Australia)

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