3.27 The committee recommends that COAG make a
concerted effort to improve the quality and scope of existing data collections
on regional and remote Indigenous communities and urges all departments and
agencies to routinely utilise the expertise of dedicated statistical agencies
such as the ABS and AIHW when collecting and analysing data to ensure that it
is consistent and accurate across all jurisdictions.
4.71 That the Commonwealth government increase
access to alcohol and other drug detoxification, treatment and rehabilitation
services across the Northern Territory, ensuring that there is ongoing support
for individuals after they have accessed programs and services.
4.203 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth
government review its overall communication strategy for regional and remote
Indigenous communities with the view to making information available to
communities on an ongoing and regular basis and
in an accessible way. In the instance of the SIHIP program the communication
strategy should provide information on how the decision to fund housing in the
priority communities was made, as well as regular information on how the
construction of this new housing is progressing.
4.228 That in communities without access to a local
store licensed to accept the BasicsCard, alternative arrangements should be
made so that people are able to access income managed funds at their local
store. This could be in the form of a temporary arrangement with the store
until the licensing process can be completed.
4.232 The committee recommends that in order to be
licensed as a merchant for the BasicsCard, FaHCSIA make it a condition of
license that roadhouses within the Petrol Sniffing Strategy Central Desert
Region and feeder sites to this region sell Opal fuel.
4.256 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth
commit to longer term program funding so that organisations can enjoy greater
funding certainty and offer staff greater job security. This is especially the
case in relation to organisations who have established relationships with
funding bodies and good risk management strategies in place.
5.31 That the Commonwealth and South Australian
governments provide additional funding and appropriate support to the
Homemakers Centres in the APY Lands so that all seven centres are operating at
an effective level and that the Commonwealth government consider supporting
similar Homemakers Centres in other remote Indigenous communities as a matter
5.49 That the Commonwealth Attorney-General's
office undertake discussions with the South Australian government with a view
to the South Australian government undertaking a review of the Magistrates
Court Circuit on the APY Lands to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.
5.112 Recognising that access to numeracy and
literacy training in regional and remote Indigenous communities is limited but
given that it plays a fundamental role, the committee recommends that the
Commonwealth government, in consultation with state and territory governments,
prioritise the implementation of basic and appropriate adult literacy and
numeracy programs in order to address the current identified need.
5.125 The committee recommends that the Northern
Territory government review the high levels of custodial sentences in the
Northern Territory and the reasons for recent increases as well as determine
whether the non-custodial options available to magistrates and judges are
5.133 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth
government coordinates, in cooperation with the relevant states and
territories, a review of the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by
family violence in Indigenous communities as well as the current unmet need for
appropriate facilities and resources in the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
cross border region.
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