THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
SENATOR TRISH CROSSIN
Senator for the Northern Territory
19 September 2011
The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, and the Senator for the Northern Territory, Trish Crossin, are encouraging Territorians living in remote communities to have a say on future remote participation and employment services underway this week.
The Australian Government released the discussion paper – The Future of Remote Participation and Employment Servicing Arrangements last month, and consultations have been held in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and have now begun in the Northern Territory.
Mr Snowdon said there will be a particular focus on Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory as the Government works to make the system simpler, more integrated and flexible.
“The Northern Territory has some of the most remote communities in Australia, with very diverse populations, so it’s important we speak up to help shape the participation and employment services provided in our own backyard,” he said.
Forums are being held in 15 locations across the Territory, including the Tiwi Islands, Alice Springs, Maningrida and Daly River. See the table attached.
“Improving remote participation and employment services arrangements is part of a broader strategy to ensure that Indigenous Australians have the same opportunities as all Australians – to get an education, find a job, start their own business, own their own home and provide for their families,” Senator Crossin said.
“The Government believes that the first step in reforming remote services is to talk with people about what they think will work best. We want people’s views to help tailor participation and employment services to better suit the needs of jobseekers in remote areas,” she said
Interpreters will be available at many forums and a DVD in a variety of indigenous languages is also being released.
The changes proposed in the discussion paper are due to come into effect from July 1, 2013.
Comments or feedback on the discussion paper are welcome by 12 October 2011. Comments can be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The discussion paper and further information on the timing and locations for the consultation forums is available at www.deewr.gov.au/rsr.
Alice Plate (Snowdon) 02 6277 7820
Carla Fernandes (Crossin) 0407 619 383
|Mon 19 September||11:00 am||Bathurst Island||Nguiu Titeb (outdoors undercover)|
|Mon 19 September||10:00 am||Alice Springs||Crowne Plaza Hotel|
|Tue 20 September||9:30 am||Wadeye||Area between Centrelink and Council (outdoors)|
|Tue 20 September||11:00 am||Hermannsburg||In front of Shire Office (outdoors)|
|Wed 21 September||11:00 am||Daly River||Merrepen Arts Centre (outdoors)|
|Wed 21 September||11:00 am||Papunya||In front of Shire Office (outdoors)|
|Thu 22 September||10:00 am||Tennant Creek||Eldorado Motor Inn|
|Mon 26 September||11:00 am||Yirrkala||Rika Park|
|Tue 27 September||11:00 am||Groote Eylandt||Angurugu School Basketball Court|
|Wed 28 September||11:00 am||Galiwin’ku||Next to church (outdoors)|
|Thu 29 September||11:00 am||Maningrida||Djelk Ranger Shed|