Cape York Peninsula 'Traditional Knowledge Recording Project (TKRP)' Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)

Date: 23 June 2007
Sub Category:Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)
Place:Cape York
State/Country:Queensland, Australia
  • Proposed contribution - Deparment of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts ($49,500; in-kind)
  • Proposed contribution - Department of Environment and Water Resources ($100,000; in-kind)
  • Subject Matter: | Cultural Heritage | Environmental Heritage | Intellectual Property
    Summary Information:
    The Cape York Peninsula ‘Traditional Knowledge Recording Project (TKRP)’ Shared Responsibility Agreement was developed between the Cape York Peninsula Indigenous community, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and the Commonwealth Government of Australia on 23 June 2007. The SRA aims to document the traditional knowledge, culture and language of Cape York communities, so that it may be preserved and passed down to future generations. 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:
    Purpose The purpose of this SRA is to provide support for Cape York Peninsula Indigenous Communities in the retainment of traditional knowledge, culture and language through the use of ‘innovative technology to document and preserve information in a digital database.’ The fundamental aim of the project is to preserve and pass down these vital aspects of the local culture to younger generations. Many facets of language and culture are recorded including spirituality and ceremony, covering the themes of land, water and fire management (Australian Government Natural Resource Management Website, 2006). Accordingly, a secondary aim of this SRA is to involve the communities in natural resource management initiatives through the participation of Elder groups and other community representatives. As well as the Kuku Thaypan and Wik Indigenous Communities, the TKRP has now also incorporated the Aurukun, Djungun, Kuku Yalanji and Shipton Flat Indigenous Communities (see Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways Website). Shared Responsibilities The Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation will:
  • Provide funding for the TKRP project and meet the reporting requirements contained in the Funding Agreement;
  • Assist in the provision of strategic support and coordination of the project across participating Clans;
  • Support the management and maintenance of traditional knowledge collected through the TKRP on a relevant and culturally sensitive database, which is to be made easily accessible for communities;
  • Develop the clans’ capacity to establish networks with other TKRP clans and families;
  • Provide targeted training and guidance with the aim of assisting the government, communities and individuals to meet their responsibilities;
  • Reinforce the roles of Elders in the TKRP;
  • Increase employment and training opportunities to support clans’ independence and sustainability;
  • Facilitate regular meetings open to all TKRP participants, including government agencies and other relevant stakeholders, whereby participants may engage and contribute to the TKRP; and
  • Provide reports based on the agreed indicators, milestones and timeframes. The Wik Clan and Kuku Thaypan Clan Communities will:
  • Implement the agreement according to the Kuku Thaypan work plan;
  • Participate in training, including learning the use of equipment utilised in Traditional Knowledge Recording;
  • Document traditional knowledge, particularly through participation in Balkanu TKRP training and on-country recording sessions involving both Elders and youth participants;
  • Edit and translate footage onto the Awu-Laya TKRP database;
  • Apply traditional knowledge, particularly through discussion and team work aimed at the implementation of agreed actions (eg fire management);
  • Communicate shared knowledge, for example by utilising the TKRP website, participation in regional TKRP activities and awareness activities with the broader community. Families and individuals will:
  • Represent their clans/families at quarterly meetings held for the TKRP;
  • Contribute towards identified clan/family priorities and ensuring the success of the TKRP;
  • Volunteer time as funding sources to support TKRP, NRM and tourism based employment opportunities arise;
  • Use the TKRP as a resource for disseminating information from Elders to younger generations; and
  • Utilise the TKRP as a platform to explore pathways for further education, training and employment in multimedia and natural resource management. The Australian Government proposes to provide $49,500 from the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) to assist in the maintenance of the Indigenous language component of the project; establish synergies with the University of Technology, Sydney, partnership; develop opportunities to involve Cape York Digital Network (CYDN) hubs; and, cooperate with government departments and regions involved in the project with the aim of expanding web-based reporting systems. In addition, the DCITA proposes to provide in-kind support consisting of staff time, travel and related costs to support the SRA. The Commonwealth also proposes to provide $100,000 from the Department of Environment and Water Resources (DEWR) to support the TKRP project ‘identify, conserve and promote the Indigenous heritage values of places important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.’ In addition, DEWR proposes to provide in-kind support consisting of staff time, travel and related costs to support the project, including advice and support in relation to Natural and Cultural Resource Management issues and other activities identified by communities as priorities. This funding is subject to the partners entering into a legally binding funding agreement. Performance Indicators This SRA includes a number of performance indicators. Firstly, Balkanu and the community will provide quarterly reviews of participation in the project and review of the number of direct on country management activities undertaken by the various clans. On a six monthly basis, they will also monitor the number of meetings instigated by the clans and other land managers (including government, pastoralists and local councils). Importantly, they will evaluate the communities’ ability to use TKRP. In addition, Balkanu and the community will evaluate the development and use of the TKRP website by the clans, and whether the shared knowledge is being recognised by other natural resource managers in decision making. Balkanu is responsible for providing a final report on the project.

  • Related Entries

  • Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Cth) - Signatory
  • Department of Environment and Water Resources (Cth) - Signatory
  • Cairns Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC)
  • People
  • Wik Mungkan People - Signatory
  • Kuku Thaypan People - Signatory

  • Glossary

    Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA) (Australia)