Cunnamulla 'Leadership and Governance' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
|Date: ||19 June 2006|
|Sub Category:||Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)|
|The township of Cunnamulla is located approximately 800km west of Brisbane.|
|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Education | Employment and Training | Youth|
|Summary Information: |
|The Cunnamulla ‘Leadership and Governance’ Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) aims to ‘develop and promote positive leadership and governance in Cunnamulla’ through the provision of a certificate level governance course and a range of workshops on topics such as medication, conflict resolution, public speaking and self-esteem. The SRA also intends to strengthen community links between Indigenous community members, local schools and other youth-related groups through the creation of positive role modelling opportunities including the implementation of a Big Brother/Big Sister program.
Shared Responsibility Agreements are voluntary 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 Cunnamulla community faces a range of issues relating to poor health, low employment, limited training opportunities, few Indigenous leaders, institutionalised racism, juvenile crime and domestic violence. A group of 8-10 young community leaders intend to alter this situation through various initiatives aimed at building the knowledge and skills of Indigenous community members with regard to leadership and good governance. Initiatives include conducting a range of workshops on leadership skills; increasing mentoring opportunities for community role models; improving access to leadership development opportunities outside Cunnamulla; organising a certificate level governance course in Cunnamulla; building linkages with schools and other youth organisations; and implementing a Big Brother/Big Sister program.
The SRA provides for funding to address the community priority outlined above.
The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (DHA) has proposed a $90,000 contribution towards the costs associated with employment of a project officer and the organization of workshops to develop leadership skills.
The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) has proposed a $55,000 contribution towards the governance component of the SRA, including the provision of a certificate level governance course.
The Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (OIPC) has proposed $83,000 to be contributed towards costs associated with developing leadership skills, including: leadership workshops in Cunnamulla; improving access to leadership development opportunities outside Cunnamulla; and providing training for the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
The funding of the SRA is subject to the parties entering into a legally binding funding agreement.
The SRA will be administered by the Roma Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC).
In return for these contributions, the community is responsible for a range of activities including, organising and providing venues for training and workshops; promoting and encouraging attendance at these; working with schools and other groups to develop opportunities for positive role modelling; and discussing and reporting on the progress of the SRA at meetings of various community groups and committees. In addition, individuals and family members will commit to participating in leadership and governance workshop and training opportunities, and to subsequently taking up leadership and role modelling opportunities within the Indigenous and wider Cunnamulla community.
Performance Indicators and Key Milestones
The implementation and success of the SRA will be assessed against four main indicators, including:
the number of community members accessing leadership opportunities outside Cunnamulla;
the increased capacity of role models;
the number of community members accessing workshops and courses in Cunnamulla; and
the number of community members obtaining certificate level qualifications in governance.
The progress of the SRA is also measurable against a number of key milestones, including the establishment of a Big Brother/ Big Sister program; community members accessing leadership opportunities outside Cunnamulla; governance courses conducted in Cunnamulla; and newly created role modeling opportunities.
Ongoing assessment of the SRA in relation to the above performance indicators and key milestones forms part of the ‘two-way feedback mechanism’, comprising of monthly reports provided by the Project Officer to the Roma Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC), and monthly meetings between the Project Officer, the Cunnamulla community, ICC staff and other key stakeholders in the progress of this SRA, and the potential development of SRAs in the future.|