Framing the Future

Strong society

The government is building a society that: 

  • values an individual’s right to freedom and ensures everyone has the same access to opportunities and resources to make a contribution to, and participate in, society and the economy
  • supports the most vulnerable
  • is safe for all – at home, at school, in the workplace and while travelling.

Read the Strong Society, Confident Culture Strategy (344.9 kb).

A society that:

  • values an individual’s right to freedom and ensures everyone has the same access to opportunities and resources to make a contribution to, and participate in, society and the economy
  • supports the most vulnerable
  • is safe for all - at home, at school, in the workplace and while travelling.

Our objectives:

Priorities and how this will happen:

Objective 1:

A strong society that engages and encourages participation through well-designed services focused on outcomes; and improves the capacity of Territorians to contribute to society and the economy.

  1. Support Territorians with diversity of housing choices: deliver 2000 new dwellings over four years under the Real Housing for Growth plan, develop options for the sale of housing to tenants, first home buyers, and other eligible low to moderate income households. Identify suitable land sites for urban renewal and develop strategic plans that cater for growth, facilitate infill development and address housing affordability.
  2. Support Territorians in social housing: deliver tenancy support programs, redevelop older public housing stock and develop the community housing sector.
  3. Support Territorians in remote housing: deliver quality housing and essential services to people living in remote communities.
  4. High levels of employment: support a capable and flexible workforce that meets the Territory’s current and future demands; partner with industry and education providers (including vocational trainers) to create structured pathways to employment, including apprenticeships.
  5. Continued learning: address school attendance; improve Aboriginal education; develop a Greater Darwin School Infrastructure Plan; develop a new school funding model consistent with national agreements and drive increased school autonomy and accountability. Implement early childhood policy. Support the Territory education system to be a provider of choice for international students. Assist the Charles Darwin University in delivering a quality higher education system accessible to all Territorians, and national and international students.
  6. Strong health system: implement the New Framework for Health and Hospitals, deliver a scoping study for the Palmerston hospital; support the most health vulnerable; expand cardiac outreach services; commence low risk angioplasty services; progress alcohol rehabilitation; enhance mental health support; continue to work on improvements to regional health services.

Objective 2:

A strong society that is capable of making a difference: through integrated, responsive and accessible services, a focus on early intervention and prevention; and by strong collaboration in the design and delivery of services to the most vulnerable that lead to long- term outcomes and self-sustainability.

  1. Improve children’s wellbeing: introduce new child protection legislation and a Child Protection Framework. Reform government’s delivery of remote child protection services and out-of-home care services and implement a Strong, Safe Families Framework establishing models of support for vulnerable and at risk families.
  2. Provide disability services that meet an individual’s needs: establish an Office of Disability to maximise future benefits of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Work with stakeholders to implement a trial in the Barkly region. Support Territorians with a disability to participate in the community and improve their education, training and employment outcomes.
  3. Reduce homelessness: support cost-effective, contemporary services.
  4. A vibrant non-government sector: partner with the non-government sector to strengthen delivery of services and support the building of stronger communities.

Objective 3:

A strong society that is safe, connected and encourages participation.

  1. Enhance community safety: implement the Pillars of Justice framework; reform targeted justice legislation and justice administration procedures to protect the rights of victims and the most vulnerable in our community.
  2. Support and improve program and service delivery to young people in, or at risk of entering, the youth justice system; reform the youth justice system to reduce offending and reoffending; progress youth camps; maintain early intervention and diversion services; improve access to justice for young people.
  3. Reduce reoffending: through vocational education, workplace training, employment opportunities and the Sentenced to a Job initiative.
  4. Reduce violence at school, home, work and while travelling: support victims of crime, develop the Safe Homes policy; implement the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children; deliver a Safe Streets audit to inform crime prevention strategies; and improve public transport safety.
  5. Increase community connections: increase opportunities for people to participate within their community; to volunteer and support broader community development.
  6. Support access to, and participation in, diverse, creative and cultural expression and activity.

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Last updated: 18 April 2016