Government Business Managers

Government Business Managers (GBMs) have been appointed to Indigenous communities as part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER).

GBMs are the single face of the Australian Government at the local level. They will be in place in communities for at least five years and may service more than one community.

GBMs are leading the coordination of Australian Government work to ensure the effective whole-of-government delivery of services and to maximise the benefits of Australian Government funding provided to the community.

The GBMs:

  • provide the key liaison and consultation point in communities, including communicating the NTER measures at the local level, engaging with elders, and working collaboratively with other government representatives (including at the Territory and local levels)
  • manage and coordinate the day-to-day activities of staff from different Australian Government agencies based in the community
  • provide feedback on progress and local issues and concerns to government and to the NTER Operations Centre, Indigenous Coordination Centres and the NT FaHCSIA State Office.

There are more than 55 GBMs servicing 73 prescribed communities, Borroloola and town camps in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek.

In areas where GBMs are not deployed, such as outstations and certain town camps,  FaHCSIA State Office and local Indigenous Coordination Centres are working to coordinate the Australian Government effort.

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