Non-self-governing Territory communities Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands are continuing to receive equivalent mainland services as reported in the Commonwealth Grants Commission 1999 Report on the Indian Ocean Territories.These State-type services are provided to the non-self-governing Territories at mainland equivalent standards.
The Department has in place 28 SDAs with various Western Australian Government agencies to provide State-type services (including regulatory services) to the IOTs. During the year new SDAs were agreed with the Western Australian Department of Training and Department of Fisheries to increase the range of services delivered to the IOTs. The Department also commenced negotiations with the Western Australian Office of Energy and Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts for future SDAs.
Recipients of State-type grants administered by the Department have met the relevant Western Australian requirements. The Department is progressing with Western Australia-equivalent schemes to facilitate private home ownership in the Territories.
The Department delivered a wide range of State and local government type services to the Jervis Bay Territory community. Those services range from health and education provision to the issuing of dog licences. The Department also provided a detailed submission to the Commonwealth Grants Commission Inquiry into service provision in the Jervis Bay Territory.
Social justice issues of concern to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community in the Jervis Bay Territory continued to advance through the Department's chairing and providing administrative support to the Justice Issues Group. The Group, which met quarterly, comprises both public officials and representatives of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council. Grant payments were made to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council in accordance with the Deed of Grant.
The Department was represented at Booderee National Park Board meetings and dealt with a number of key issues impacting on park management.
Departmental staff provided a high level of coordination support during the Christmas 2001 bushfire crisis in the Jervis Bay area.
On Norfolk Island services were provided in accordance with Commonwealth responsibilities and complying with Departmental requirements.
Revenue collection in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Jervis Bay Territory was in accordance with legislation and Departmental standards.
The Department has arrangements in place with the Western Australian Department of Treasury and Finance to collect revenue from the IOTs on the Commonwealth's behalf under the applied Western Australian legislation.Revenue collected via this arrangement has been accounted for and reported on in accordance with legislation and Departmental standards.