- How does it work?
- When will the SCfC program begin?
- Which communities will get the SCfC program?
- Find out more
- Program Guidelines
The Australian Government has made a 10-year commitment to work with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory (NT) to build strong, independent lives, where communities, families and children are safe and healthy.
Stronger Communities for Children is part of Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory, a new $3.4 billion investment, and responds directly to what Aboriginal people in the NT told us is most important to them. Many people said they would like more help in improving the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.
Through Stronger Futures, the Australian Government is improving and expanding the Communities for Children program to an additional 15 communities over the coming years. It currently exists in four communities in the NT - at Palmerston/Tiwi Islands, East Arnhem, Alice Springs and Katherine.
Through the new Stronger Communities for Children program, we will work with Aboriginal people and local organisations in communities to ensure families in remote parts of the NT are supported to make communities safer and healthier places for children to live.
How does it work?
Stronger Communities for Children involves a lead non-government organisation – a Facilitating Partner – working with a community to decide on the services most needed, and to make sure local services work together to support children and families in the community. They will then find suitable organisations to deliver services to the community.
The Government wants to make sure people in communities have a real say in what services they need and how they are delivered. Extra support will be provided for local Aboriginal organisations that already have strong ties with the community to ensure services are facilitated and delivered by local people as much as possible. It will also mean more local people are given the chance to get new skills and jobs through working for these organisations to help deliver services.
The types of services that could be delivered under the Stronger Communities for Children program are:
- leadership bush camps for youth (or other activities to make sure young people can stay connected to school)
- men’s and women’s leadership courses
- parenting seminars
- other activities aimed at improving the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and families.
More information on how the program works is available in the Program Guidelines
When will the SCfC program begin?
The new Stronger Communities for Children program will be up and running in five communities from July 2013. Another five communities are expected to implement the program from July 2014, with a further five communities selected to implement the program in the coming years.
Which communities will get the SCfC program?
In February 2013, the Department visited 10 communities in the NT to talk to them about being potential sites for the SCfC program and decide which communities were ready for the program in 2013.
These communities have been chosen based on an assessment of their need for the program and whether they are ready to run the program in this first phase.
During these visits, staff from FaHCSIA spoke to people about what is already in place in their community to support Stronger Communities for Children activities and services. It is important that there are good community structures, facilities, organisations and leadership groups available to run and support the program in the community. If a community has been considered for the SCfC program but is not ready to set up and run the services now, FaHCSIA will continue to work with community leaders and local organisations to help the community to build these structures to be ready for when the SCfC program is extended to more communities in 2014 and later years.
The first five communities to implement the SCfC program from July 2013 are Ngukurr, Santa Teresa, Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Wadeye and Galiwinku.
The next five communities to implement the SCfC program, currently scheduled from July 2014, are Gunbalanya, Lajamanu, Maningrida, Utopia Homelands and Engawala.
Other communities will also have an opportunity to implement the program over time. The Department will continue to work closely with key stakeholders to look at how the program is working, identify things that could improve and decide how best to select which communities to roll the SCfC program out in future years.
You can find out more about the Stronger Communities for Children program from the Program Guidelines or by emailing strongerCfC@dss.gov.au