2016 – 2017
On 14 August, APO NT provided a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, on the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill.
On 31 July, APO NT provided a submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory
On 21 July, APO NT provided a submission to the Northern Territory Government Review on Alcohol Policies and Legislation
On 22 June, APO NT provided a submission to the Senate Inquiry on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of the Community Development Program (CDP).
APO NT provided a submission to the National Mental Health Commissioners, based on Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health consultations held in Darwin in April 2017.
APO NT provided a submission to the Productivity Commission on the second stage of the Human Services Inquiry on 27 February 2017.
On 9 January 2017, APO NT provided a submission to Ms. Rachelle Towart and Mr. Robert Griew, the Expert Panel Co-Chairs of the Remote Housing Review.
APO NT believes the housing situation in the NT is in crisis. We urged the Northern Territory and Australian Governments to work more closely with Aboriginal people and organisations of the NT to identify more innovative and effective ways to improve the current housing policies and arrangements. We understand that both Governments are looking for better solutions to improve local employment and capacity building of local communities and we fully support and endorse these objectives. We also requested both Governments to work with Indigenous people to address some of the challenges, opportunities and future planning to develop a housing system that is truly appropriate and relevant for the NT.
On 5 February 2016, APO NT made 10 recommendations to the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015. 20160205 – APO NT Submission – CDP Bill – Social Security Legislation Amendment – Final.
While APO NT supports any efforts to improve CDP for the benefit of those subject to it, we do not believe the changes contained in the current Bill are significant improvements and may have the potential to produce negative and unintended consequences. APO NT believes that genuine engagement with communities, Aboriginal organisations and current providers is necessary in re-designing the system, rather than trying to tinker with a fundamentally flawed policy and expecting that it can ever achieve goals it is incapable of delivering. To view APO NT’s submission click here.