The National Partnership Agreement on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory gives effect to the Australian and Northern Territory Government’s commitment to work with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. It aims to support Aboriginal people, particularly in remote communities, to live strong, independent lives, where communities, families and children are safe and healthy.
Signed by the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the National Partnership Agreement outlines nine supporting Implementation Plans to set out funding and commitments for each of the nine specific schedules.
This Child, Youth, Family, Community Wellbeing Implementation Plan (Schedule E of the National Partnership Agreement) sets out detailed policy and financial undertakings that provide practical help for families and children on the ground in remote Northern Territory communities. It commits the Northern Territory Government, through the Commonwealth’s investment of $68.1 million, to continue to:
- deliver front line child protection services through mobile child protection teams;
- provide support for vulnerable families and children through the Remote Aboriginal Family Community Worker Program; and
- keep families safe through Women’s Safe Houses that offer accommodation and support for women and their children escaping family violence.
The signed Child Youth Family Community Wellbeing Implementation Plan is posted on the Federal Financial Relations website as a commitment to accountability on the part of both governments.