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Workshops bring service providers together
The Homelands Service Provider Workshop was delivered by the Homelands Services team in Darwin and Alice Springs during October.
The workshop is part of the Homelands Services approach to continuous improvement, and was designed to impart information around the contractual roles and responsibilities between the department and service providers.
The opportunities for networking amongst service provider organisations was also a key benefit of the workshop. Representatives were in a position to articulate the challenges and successes of the work they are doing in very remote locations, under difficult circumstances, with limited budgets.
Steve Roberts, Catherine Main and Trevor Danby attended the workshop on behalf of Dinybulu Regional Services, which has seven Homelands. Six of these are in Ramingining and one on Elcho Island.
Catherine explained that Dinybulu Regional Services provides Homeland services for 31 houses.
“Trevor is the technical person on the ground in Ramingining and there are three Indigenous locals who work with him, ensuring that services are maintained,” she said.
Homelands Director, Darren Johnson said service providers were pleased with the opportunities and were supportive of the workshop being held annually. They appreciated the opportunity to meet with the Homelands team and learn about the future direction of Homelands programs.
“As a result of the workshop, Homelands Service Providers now have a better understanding of the standards and expectations associated with homelands service delivery as well as a better understanding of the cycles, duties and tasks associated with almost all aspects of the Homelands arrangements,” he said.
“The most heartening part of the whole workshop was the level of commitment and dedication recognised by everyone – to provide services that help people who live on country with the cost of living, to help people with their aspirations and to really make a difference,” Darren said.