Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Key Elements

The Australian Government will provide $9.0 million over four years to establish the position of Coordinator General for Remote Service Delivery (Coordinator General). The Coordinator General will drive the implementation of reforms across remote Australia to help achieve the Government’s Closing the Gap targets. The Coordinator General will strengthen the capacity of Government to achieve substantially improved outcomes in priority communities across remote Australia.

Background

The Coordinator General will oversee the implementation of the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership in remote Indigenous communities.  The Coordinator General will report to the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs on progress, and ensure that all Commonwealth agencies are held accountable for their implementation responsibilities under the National Partnership.

The Coordinator General will have the authority to work across agencies to cut through bureaucratic blockages and red tape, and to make sure services are delivered effectively.  

The Coordinator General will have a direct line of sight to the Regional Operations Centres established to coordinate services in communities and the Government Business Managers who will be the single government contact point located within the identified priority communities.

To achieve this, the Coordinator-General will have direct relationships with Commonwealth Secretaries and their Departments through membership of the Secretaries’ Group on Indigenous Affairs and will provide regular progress reports to the Minister.

The Coordinator General will initially be appointed for a period of three years at a Deputy Secretary level within the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, although the position will be independent of the management structure.  Legislation to formalise the role will be introduced into Parliament as soon as is practicable.

Implementation

Recruitment for the Coordinator General has commenced with a view to the successful candidate commencing as soon as possible.  Funding allows for the recruitment of several support staff to support the Coordinator General’s work.

Total Government Funding

$9.0 million will be provided over four years to fund the Coordinator General’s Office.

Content Updated: 31 May 2012