The NT Government’s key priorities include: Treaty, renewing the Aboriginal Affairs Strategy, supporting government’s commitment to Local Decision Making and ensuring land and sea ownership delivers on economic and social aspirations of Aboriginal people.
Renewed Aboriginal Affairs Strategy
Work is underway to renew an NT Aboriginal Affairs Strategy in alignment with a refresh of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the Gap Framework. This will be shaped through working in partnership with Aboriginal people and communities to drive community control and improve and strengthen cultural, social, economic and environmental outcomes.
The draft ‘Everyone Together’ Aboriginal Affairs Strategy 2019-2029 has been released for public consultation. You can comment on the draft strategy now by visiting: haveyoursay.nt.gov.au.
Local Decision Making
The Northern Territory Government has committed $1.3 million to commence government’s Local Decision Making agenda.
Local Decision Making is a 10 year commitment to transfer, where possible, government service delivery to Aboriginal people and organisations based on their community aspirations. It is about government, Aboriginal representative organisations and Aboriginal people working together on: Housing, Local Government, Education and Training, Health, Looking after children, Law and Justice.
Government recognised that building, supporting and investing in, strong Aboriginal governance is necessary to ensure local people drive local solutions and that Aboriginal organisations are supported in the management of Local Decision Making.
Aboriginal Land and Sea Action Plan
The NT Government has developed an Aboriginal Land and Sea Action Plan to better coordinate Aboriginal land and native title matters across the Northern Territory, and ensure land and sea ownership to delivers on the economic and social aspirations of Aboriginal Territorians.
The Action Plan contains 10 actions the NT Government wants to implement in partnership with Traditional Owners, land councils, the Commonwealth Government and other affected stakeholders.
Actions range from resolving outstanding land claims and developing comprehensive native title policies, to supporting economic development and employment opportunities on Aboriginal land.
While everyone has their own priorities and views, we need to work together wherever possible, not just for the benefit of Aboriginal Territorians, but for all Territorians.
Strategic Aboriginal Policy Unit
Phone: (08) 8999 8828
The First Nation peoples of the Northern Territory never ceded sovereignty of their lands, seas and waters and were self-governing in accordance with their traditional laws and customs.
In recognition of this, the Northern Territory Government is committed to commencing discussion on developing a Treaty (or Treaties) with First Nations peoples in the Northern Territory.
Who will be involved?
Aboriginal people from the Northern Territory will be one party to a Treaty. The Northern Territory Government will be the other party.
There may be more than one Treaty and more than one Aboriginal group that is a party to a Treaty.
A Treaty will allow both parties to negotiate and agree on rights and responsibilities and establish a long lasting relationship.
Role of the Treaty Commissioner
The Treaty Commissioner is independent of the Northern Territory Government and will conduct themselves in an open, transparent manner. They have a responsibility to represent the voices of all Aboriginal Territorians on this important matter and bring non-Aboriginal Territorians along with this process.
The Commissioner will inquire, report, investigate and make recommendations to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. All reports will be made public.
The key objective of any Treaty in the Northern Territory must be to achieve real change and substantive, long term, benefits for Aboriginal people.
The Treaty Commissioner will advise the Northern Territory Government about how they can best achieve this.
For more information please visit treatynt.com.au
- Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NTG and the four Land Councils
- Barunga Agreement: Joint Land Councils and Northern Territory Government Statement
Last updated: 23 September 2019