2016 – 2017
AUGUST 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).
On 5 May, 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.
On 27 February, APO NT provided a submission to the Productivity Commission on the second stage of the Human Services Inquiry .
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.
APO NT’s submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights with respect to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and the Australian Human Rights Commission was submitted on Friday 23 December 2016. APO NT recommended no changes to 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and Human Rights Commission.
This submission follows an open letter to the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, the Hon. George Brandis and the Hon. Ian Goodenough, which was supported by APO NT. This letter can be read here.
On 11 November 2016, APO NT also provided a joint preliminary submission on housing with the Human Rights Law Centre, Danila Dilba Health Service to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. This submission was contributed to and endorsed by Children in Care and Youth Detention Advice Service and NT Shelter. 20161104 – APO NT- DDHS- HRLC Preliminary Submission to the Royal Commission
On 5 November 2016, APO NT provided a preliminary submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. APO NT is aware that the factors that contribute to a young persons’ involvement in the youth justice or care and protection system can be broad and multi-faceted. Accordingly, APO NT provided the Commissioners with our previous submissions across a number of main themes, including alcohol and substance misuse, remote employment and welfare issues and the Australian Government’s Community Development Program, housing, juvenile justice, child protection and Indigenous education. This submission also includes a comprehensive index of APO NT submissions. 20161104 – Preliminary Submission to the Royal Commission
APO NT provided a submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee in relation to the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015 in February 2016. APO NT’s submission attached a proposal, submitted to the previous Australian Government Review of Remote Participation and Employment Services in 2011 and provided to the current Minister for Indigenous Affairs in 2015. 20160205 – APO NT Submission – CDP Bill – Social Security Legislation Amendment – Final
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.