Bundaberg ‘Youth Activities’ Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
|23 May 2006
|Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
|Proposed contribution - Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department ($5,000)Proposed contribution - Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing ($6,000)Proposed contribution - Commonwealth Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ($75,000)Proposed contribution - Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management ($5,000)
|The Bundaberg ‘Youth Activities’ Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) is an agreement between the Indigenous community of Bundaberg, the Australian government and local Indigenous organisations. It provides for the funding and resources for opportunities for young leaders to engage with young people through an event or activity based approach.
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.
The SRA aims to address the community-identified priority of building a ‘brighter future for youth by developing youth leadership’ (Indigenous Portal Website, February 2007). The SRA is a response to the expressed need of the young Indigenous community, and builds upon previous successful youth initiatives (including the Bundaberg 'Drop-In Centre for Young People' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (18 October 2005)), and the strong connections between the Indigenous members of the Bundaberg community and Indigenous organizations.
Proposed events and activities include:
‘Skate & Sizzle’, or regular fortnightly social activities to engage with local youth building youth leadership;
‘Deadly Didge’, or culturally based activities involving self concept and traditional art with a family violence/relationship focus;
‘Murri Bindy & 4A’, or four concerts involving local musicians and youth in participating, organizing and producing local CDs highlighting family violence prevention;
‘Gunnango Bush’, or the development of a collaborative bush-based project building skills in pro-social behaviour and resilience as justice diversion activities;
‘WhichawayA’, or the development of a program and a show bag resource focused on youth pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease as a youth health focus; and
‘Be heard, No shame’, or the implementation of a social engagement strategy to develop skills and youth leadership leading to a youth leadership forum.
The community and individuals will:
provide appropriate volunteers to take part in components of the program and support youth workers operating the ‘harmony space’; and
youth will provide input and support for the design of a culturally appropriate program and the creation of resources such as show bags and publications;
provide transport to and from the activities;
mentoring and cultural knowledge, including traditional arts;
operation of the management committee;
coordinate the fortnightly social activities; and
maintain the facilities and assist in cleaning.
Individual participants will demonstrate an agreed standard of behaviour whilst engaged in youth centre activities and in the community. In addition, four young people will undertake formal training as youth workers.
The Bundaberg and Burnett Region Community Development Aboriginal Corporation (BBRCDAC) will manage the funds on behalf of the community and young people. In addition, a board member of BBRCDAC will coordinate quarterly activities, such as return to country and ‘Gunnago Bush’ for young people focused on strengthening knowledge of cultural heritage.
Indigenous community service providers will promote and sponsor activities.
The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department has proposed a contribution of $5,000 towards activities and programs with a justice diversion focus.
The Department of Health and Aging (DHA) has proposed a total contribution of $6,000 towards activities and programs with a youth health focus.
The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) has proposed a contribution of $75,000 towards activities and programs focused on youth leadership and family violence.
The Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management has proposed a contribution of $5,000 towards activities and programs focused on youth leadership.
The funding of the SRA is subject to the partners entering into a legally binding funding agreement.
Performance Indicators and Feedback Mechanisms
The SRA provides for the quarterly assessment by the Youth Centre staff of the following performance indicators:
implementation of the described programs, activities and training;
the number of young people participating in the activities run by the centre; and
the number of young people who complete their youth worker qualification.
In addition, the Coordinator of the Youth Centre will assess the number of young people who participate in youth centre activities.
Quarterly meetings will be held between the representatives of the funding agencies, BBRCDAC and the Rockhampton Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC).