North Coast 'Family Court Support' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
|Date: ||1 January 2005|
|Sub Category:||Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)|
|Place:||North Coast Region|
|State/Country:||New South Wales, Australia|
|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Health and Community Services|
|Summary Information: |
|The North Coast 'Family Court Support' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) is an agreement between various Indigenous communities on the North Coast of New South Wales and the Commonwealth Government. The SRA is aimed at keeping local people out of the Family Court, and providing culturally sensitive services for those already in contact with the Court.
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 provides support for North Coast Indigenous community members dealing with the Family Court by providing ten Indigenous Community Contact Officers (ICCOs), to be located in key communities (Kempsey, Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Valley). CDEP positions will be used to establish the ICCOs, who will provide information on the services available from the Family Court to Indigenous families in the region. The ICCOs will also provide families with general support, and refer them to other agencies that can provide assistance.
The Commonwealth Government will fund the ICCOs through the CDEP program.
The Family Court will provide skills training, coordination and support to the ICCOs, and will develop culturally appropriate material for Indigenous people.
Other organisations such as family support services and family violence units will support the ICCOs and help out with the program.|