Mungindi ‘Youth, Sport and Recreation’ Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
|Date: ||14 December 2006|
|Sub Category:||Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)|
|State/Country:||New South Wales, Australia|
|Mungindi lies on the Carnarvon Highway, 120km northwest of Moree, straddling the Queensland and New South Wales border.|
|Payments:||Proposed contribution - Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination ($95,000)Proposed contribution - Attorney General's Department ($20,000)Proposed contribution - Department of Education, Science and Training ($10,000)Proposed contribution - Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (in-kind)Proposed contribution - NSW Department of Education and Training (in-kind)Proposed contribution - NSW Department of Community Services (in-kind)Proposed contribution - NSW Department of Arts, Sport and Recreation ($500)Proposed contribution - Mungindi Police (in-kind)Proposed contribution - Moree Plains Shire Council (in-kind)Proposed contribution - Mungindi Rural Transaction Centre (in-kind)|
|Subject Matter:||Health and Community Services | Youth|
|Summary Information: |
|The Mungindi ‘Youth, Sport and Recreation’ Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) is an agreement between the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination, the Attorney General’s department, the Department of Education, Science and Training, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, the New South Wales Department of Community Services, the New South Wales Department of Arts, Sport and Recreation, Mungindi Police, the Moree Plains Shire Council and the Mungindi Rural Transaction Centre. It was agreed on 14 December 2006.
The agreement is for the development of a Youth Access Centre (YAC) for the use of local Indigenous children and youth from 9-18 years old. The YAC will be used to run recreational activities, a suspension program and a homework club. To achieve this, a part-time Youth Support Officer will be employed to work under the Aboriginal Family Youth Worker, and an upgrade of the recreational facilities will be undertaken.
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 aims to address community identified priorities in relation to the reduction of youth contact with the justice system, a reduction of vandalism and crime by the youth of Mungindi, and greater levels of support for the young people in the community to improve education outcomes.
Commonwealth Government departments have proposed the following contributions:
$95,000 from the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination to purchase a demountable building to be used as a Youth Activity Centre;
$20,000 from the Attorney General’s Department towards staffing costs of a part-time Youth Support Officer to work under the supervision of the Aboriginal Family Worker.
$10,000 from the Department of Education, Science and Training towards the establishment of a homework centre for students of both primary schools in Mungindi, including materials, tutors and administrative expenses; and
in-kind support from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, which will supply two CDEP participant to undertake maintenance and groundwork at the oval and one CDEP participant to upgrade and maintain bike track and general maintenance at YAC.
New South Wales State Government departments have proposed the following contributions
The Department of Education and Training will provide schoolwork for students who have been suspended from school;
The Department of Community Services will provide an Aboriginal Family worker to supervise the Youth Support Officer and work closely with the Mungindi YAC Management Committee to maximise coordination and support for young people;
The Department of Arts, Sport and Recreation will provide $500 to purchase sporting equipment for Mungindi athletics groups; and
Mungindi Police will provide public indemnity insurance to cover youth discos and other activities to be held at the YAC.
In addition to these commitments, Moree Plains Shire council has agreed to approve placement of the YAC building, be an auspicing body for the YAC, waive fees for the use of the oval and recreational facilities and the erection of the YAC building, and make improvements to sport facilities including fixing lights securing power etc.
The Mungindi Rural Transaction Centre has also has agreed to allow access to IT equipment for youth under the supervision of the Aboriginal Family Worker or Youth Support worker.
For their part, the community will work towards providing programs to children and youth at the YAC, as well a contributing to promoting community relationships between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community by participating in meetings and forums and providing assistance to staff.
Families and individuals will, under the terms of the SRA:
support youth to access the YAC and participate in sport, recreation and diversionary programs;
assist staff at the YAC by volunteering during planned activities and during school holiday periods;
pass on cultural knowledge to youth groups through regular, scheduled activities;
work with police to eliminate vandalism through regular meetings and development of strategies to address these issues; and
develop and enforce a 'no school, no youth activities' policy.
Youth in the community will:
participate in planned YAC activities
be mentors to younger members;
leave the YAC clean and tidy;
establish a youth council to work with staff and be an advisory body to the Shire council on youth issues in Mungindi;
assist at junior discos and 'flicks in the sticks' programs organised by Mungindi Police; and
undertake community service through the Juvenile Justice System to attend YAC and work with staff on community projects.
This funding is subject to the parties entering into a binding funding agreement.
Performance Indicators and Feedback Mechanisms
The SRA provides for six monthly reporting by the YAC management Group and Mungindi Police on the number of juveniles involved in crime, including vandalism and graffiti and quarterly reporting on the number of youth accessing facilities in the YAC on a regular basis. Local schools will also report biannually on the number of students suspended and the number of indigenous student days absent.
In addition, the Tamworth Indigneous Coordination Centre and relevant agency staff will undertake six monthly visits and meet with the management group and the Moree Plains Shire Council to obtain feedback. Indigenous community members will be invited to provide feedback through the community forum on a six monthly basis.|