The National Partnership Agreement on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory gives effect to the commitment and agreement between the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory Government to work with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory to build strong, independent lives, where communities, families and children are safe and healthy.
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory is a $3.4 billion investment and responds directly to what Aboriginal people told the Government was important to them. It is a shared commitment to work with Aboriginal people in both big and small communities to support more local jobs, tackle alcohol abuse and encourage kids to go to school, as well as provide basic services, including health, education and police. Both Governments are committed to talk to Aboriginal people about how best to deliver services under Stronger Futures, providing Aboriginal people with more responsibility for services in their own community.
The National Partnership Agreement covers the funding commitment to the Northern Territory Government as part of this work and has been signed on behalf of both governments by their respective First Ministers. Nine separate Implementation Plans for specific measures are being finalised in consultation between the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory Government, and when completed will be posted on the website.
The signed National Partnership Agreement is posted on the Federal Financial Relations website as a commitment to accountability on the part of both governments, pending the finalisation of the Implementation Plans.