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The Mutitjulu Community Participation and Partnership Agreement

Category: Agreement
Sub Category:Framework Agreement | Indigenous Partnership
Place:Mutitjulu (Ayers Rock)
State/Country:Northern Territory, Australia
Subject Matter:Health and Community Services
Summary Information:
In early 2002 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) commissioned a consultancy to undertake research with a view to developing a Community Participation Agreement for the Mutitjulu Community Council and residents. The Agreement will be the first of its kind. The resultant Mutitjulu Community Participation and Partnership Agreement Report suggests that a '5-10 year commitment is necessary for the Community Participation Program model to make any inroads on the current situation. This would involve a 'planned transition to community control and management, within the existing legislative framework, and in a real partnership between the Mutitjulu Community Council, the Federal Government and other key stakeholders.'

Detailed Information:
The Report identified as key issues: the lack of coordination, planning and service delivery by government, and intergenerational welfare dependency and the existence of a multiplicity of governance structures. It noted the potential substantial benefits that could arise from the Community's location within a world renowned tourist area and as joint managers of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with Parks Australia, but despite this the Community had remained 'marginal to many of the developments taking place on their lands'. According to the Social Justice Report, the key objectives of the model put forward are:
  • A one-in all-in approach to participation;
  • Recognising, through the development of a participation framework, the contribution of groups within the community;
  • Identifying innovative approaches to money management within the community and encouraging improved budgeting and financial responsibility;
  • Exploring alternative approaches to service delivery arrangements;
  • Building the organisational and management capacity of the community; and
  • Exploring opportunities of more effective partnering with the business sector and non government sector.

  • Related Entries

  • Mutitjulu Community Council
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC)

  • References

    Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner (2002) Social Justice Report 2001
    D.E. Smith (2001) Community Participation Agreements: A Model for Welfare Reform from Community-based Research. Technical Report Discussion Paper No. 22


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