Effectiveness indicators for key strategies
Territory residents receiving appropriate and effective governance
Key strategy: Develop effective and appropriate governance for each Territory.
Norfolk Island - Substantially achieved
The Territories and Local Government Division provided policy advice on the Norfolk Island Act 1979 and liaised with other Commonwealth Departments and agencies on the extension of Commonwealth legislation to Norfolk Island. The Division also provided administrative and policy support to the Norfolk Island Administrator.
The Division provided the Minister with advice on Norfolk Island legislation requiring the Governor-General's assent and on legislation where the Minister issues instructions to the Administrator in relation to assent. In one instance the Administrator was instructed to withhold assent on the basis that the Norfolk Island legislation was not consistent with Commonwealth policy objectives and mainland practices. The Division provided advice to the Minister to enable him to fulfil his responsibilities in relation to the Norfolk Island immigration appeal mechanism. This type of advice ensures effective governance practices in the Territories.
In addition to the policy and administrative advice provided, the Department also supports the governance infrastructure of Norfolk Island through funding and support initiatives, including the following:
The effect of the abovementioned activities was to bring Norfolk Island closer to the arrangements prevailing in other Australian communities.
Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory - Achieved
The Territories and Local Government Division provided advice to the Minister in relation to policy issues associated with the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988, including appointments to the National Capital Authority.
The Division administered both the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory Self-Government Acts and provided policy advice on governance issues related to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly and statehood for the Northern Territory.
The Division managed two administered programmes and six departmental programmes to compensate the Australian Capital Territory Government for costs incurred as a result of Canberra being the National Capital. These administered programmes are detailed in the next few pages under 'Report on administered programmes'.
Jervis Bay Territory-Achieved
Community issues in the Jervis Bay Territory associated with good governance as enjoyed by other Australians continued to be addressed through the Justice Issues Group, comprising both public officials and representatives of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council and chaired by the Department. This group addresses legal issues according to the Australian Capital Territory's legal framework and results in the fair and reasonable application of the law for the Jervis Bay community.
Indian Ocean Territories-Achieved
During the year under review, the Territories and Local Government Division progressed effective and appropriate governance for the IOTs. It monitored and applied Western Australian legislation, tabled lists in Parliament as required and provided explanatory material to island communities.
The Division provided advice to the Minister on:
Relevant government services meeting acceptable standards of comparability
Key strategy: Implement or improve government services to bring them in line with those available in comparable mainland communities and in order to meet non-self-governing Territories' community needs.
Services in the IOTs (Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands) are being provided to the level enjoyed by comparable communities on the mainland. The two Territories are geographically and demographically quite different and this provides a challenge to deliver services to the desired level.
During the past year, State-type government services were delivered through 28 Service Delivery Arrangements (SDAs) currently in place with various Western Australian State Government agencies. Education, electricity and a host of local government and State-type services are delivered to the residents.
The SDAs provide services to the Territories at levels equivalent with those available to comparable mainland communities. During 2001-02 new SDAs with the Western Australian Department of Fisheries and Department of Training were implemented, further broadening the scope of services available to the Territories. Negotiations for future SDAs were commenced with the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts and the Western Australian Office of Energy.
The Indian Ocean Territories State-type Grants programme provides an equivalent level of access for the Territories' residents and groups to State Government grant funding programmes as is available to Western Australia's residents and groups.
Government services were improved through:
Improved employment levels and economic activity in the non-self-governing Territories
Key strategy: Facilitate economic and infrastructure development in the non-self-governing Territories.
During the past year, the Non-Self-Governing Territories Branch of the Territories and Local Government Division worked vigorously to advance government initiatives that will improve economic and infrastructure development in the IOTs.
Economic Development Committees-Achieved
During 2001-02 Economic Development Committees were established on Christmas Island and on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands to promote economic development and enhance business opportunities.
Permanent immigration reception and processing centre- Achieved
The Government announced on 12 March 2002 that a purpose-built permanent immigration reception and processing centre would be constructed on Christmas Island. The purpose-built facility is part of the Government's
The successful contractors for essential infrastructure for the centre and the 160 units and 12 staff houses being built have provided local employment opportunities and sourced skilled and unskilled labour on the Island to the extent available.
Asia Pacific Space Centre-Partially achieved
During 2001-02 the Territories and Local Government Division continued to work with the Asia Pacific Space Centre to facilitate the development of a space facility on Christmas Island. The facility is expected to generate 300-400 jobs in construction and up to 550 jobs in operation, including for 300 Russians on a temporary basis for launch operations. The Asia Pacific Space Centre expects the facility to be operational in 2004.
These initiatives-the Asia Pacific Space Centre, the permanent immigration reception and processing centre and the Economic Development Committees- will lead to improved employment levels and economic activity in the IOTs.