Implementation Review of Shared Responsibility Agreements: Don't let's lose another good idea
Aim of the publication
The review summarises the impact of good practice principles and outlines appropriate evidence based future options. SRAs have been an important Australian Government policy initiative within a broader reform strategy for Indigenous affairs. They are aimed at building strong partnerships with Indigenous communities and between levels of government, undergirded by the COAG National Framework of Principles for Delivering Services to Indigenous Australians http://www.atns.net.au/agreement.asp?EntityID=2559.
Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICCs) are tasked with implementing SRA’s within communities. Most government agencies, and local non-government agencies and service providers where ICC’s are located, are stakeholders in SRA’s.
Content of the publication
The most important message is that the majority of people in communities have embraced SRAs and see them as a significant new way of working with government to address issues in their communities. From the evidence gathered in this review, SRAs were successful or on track where:
- The process is driven by the community, they feel they have a say rather than obligations imposed;
- Communities have built strong relationships of trust primarily through ICC engagement;
- The Community Council or other community representatives have a strong representative grasp on the community’s aspirations;
- ICC’s have a strong coordination role in cross agency and across levels of government,
- Community consultations are promoted and central participants consulted including women and youth
- Effort is directed to community training capacity building
- Achievements led to further cooperation between partners and generated interest from other communities to run similar programs
- Contingency plans were developed when targets are delayed or not met.