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Mallingbar Aboriginal Community ‘Mallingbar Youth Development and Recreation Facilities’ Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)

Date: 30 May 2007
Sub Category:Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
State/Country:Western Australia, Australia
Mallingbar Aboriginal Community is located in Broome, in the Kimberley
  • Proposed contribution - Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ($44,000)
  • Subject Matter:Health and Community Services | Youth
    Summary Information:
    The Mallingbar Aboriginal Community 'Mallingbar Youth Development and Recreation Facilities' Shared Responsibility Agreement is an agreement between the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Indigenous community of Mallingbar for the upgrade and renovation of the old community office building and surrounds, so that it can be used as an activity development and recreational centre; and installing playground equipment for younger children to play on. The new space will be used for blue light discos, early childhood learning classes, dart and pool competitions, computer and board games and after school homework support facilities.

    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 Agreements' below.
    Detailed Information:

    The SRA aims to address the concerns of the community about the growing number of unsupervised youth present in Broome throughout the night; the growing levels of substance abuse; and other dangers. The SRA aims to 'project the community desire to create and encourage the promotion of functional and resilient families and communities, by enhancing the confidence of at-risk youth through activities that promote respect for traditional culture and parental responsibility.'

    Shared Responsibilities

    Under the terms of the SRA, the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has proposed a contribution of $44,000 for the purchase of materials required for the office renovations, and the refurbishment and hire of equipment.

    The community has agreed to:
  • 'manage the constructuion and provide on site labour for the refurbishment of the old office and construction of playground equipment and landscape works in the community;
  • develop and implement rules for the operation of the youth centre;
  • develop and enforece a 'no school no participation in the youth recreation centre' police for school aged children;
  • develop and implement a culturally appropriate youth policy strategy;
  • provide guidance and mentoring for the community's youth; and
  • develop partnerships with police to assist with the development of activities that will divert youth from adverse contact with the justice system'.

    Families/individuals will:
  • 'nominate to participate in at least one of the work teams required to complete the activities described in the SRA;
  • encourage their children's participation in activities provided through the recreational centre;
  • volunteer to participate in the children's supervision and cleaning roster at the youth centre;
  • adhere to the 'no school no participation in the recreation centre' policy for school aged children;
  • ensure all school aged children are enrolled in and attend school; and
  • support community volunteer activity coordinator who will plan events, organise family support, mentoring and supervision and be responsible for the management and security of the recreation facility'.

    This funding is subject to the parties entering into a binding funding agreement.

    Performance Indicators and Feedback Mechanisms

    The SRA provides for one-off reporting by the community on the increased number of youth participation in recreational activities, the decrease in the number of youth contacts with the justice system and the decrease in the number of absent student days per week.

    It also provides for monthly meetings between ICC staff and members of the Mallingbarr Community to discuss and seek feedback on the implementation of the project.

  • Related Entries

  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) (Cth) - Signatory
  • Broome Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC)
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • People
  • Broome Indigenous Community

  • Glossary

    Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (Australia)

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