Homelands Services Grants Program

Historical Information

Municipal and essential services implementation plan

The municipal and essential services implementation plan outlines how services will be provided to homelands in the Northern Territory until 2023. 

As part of the plan, the NT Government and the Australian Government are committed to ensuring that: 

  • homeland communities will be engaged and consulted, on a regular basis, with regard to:
    • funding allocations
    • services to be provided
    • how these services will be provided and who will provide them
    • information on service quality as it relates to respective communities
  • information on intended service delivery will be made publicly available at the start of each year
  • information on funding expended, service delivery and performance achievement will be publicly available
  • all publicly released information will be easily accessible and readily available.

2015-16 approved allocations

2015-16 municipal essential services and housing maintenance approved allocations (284.2 kb)

2015-16 municipal essential services special purpose grants approved allocations (137.4 kb)

2014-15 service delivery outcomes and performance

Required information

Progress

Actual funding provided at the lowest level practical, for example at service provider region or community level

Municipal essential services and housing maintenance allocation 2014-15 (163.2 kb)

Completion rate of planned works , including capital works, at the lowest level practical, for example service provider, region or community level

This document lists the status of municipal essential services special purpose grants. (114.5 kb)

The figures below are completion and on time rates as scheduled in the service delivery plans for minimum standard inspections.

Delayed/ on time completion rates

Region

Completion rate

On time rate

Barkly Region

92%

81%

Big Rivers Region

99%

66%

Central Region

91%

40%

Northern Region

95%

57%

Responsiveness to urgent works

The responsiveness to urgent works 2014-2015 (116.7 kb) document shows the reported responses to outages of essential services

2014-2015 intended service delivery to homelands

Required information

Progress

1. The criteria to assess and identify eligible homelands and the resultant list of eligible homelands.

Homeland eligibility (34.7 kb)

2. Intended service provision including, but not limited to, criteria to assess and identify eligible homelands and levels and standards of municipal and essential services works that providers will be required to meet. 

Minimum standards (41.1 kb)

3. Number of service delivery plans developed.

A total of 330 service delivery plans have been submitted to the department by service providers for communities funded under the Homelands Program.

The purpose of service delivery plans are to schedule works in 2014-15 including minimum standard requirements on homelands. The plans show the month in which works will be undertaken.

Residents are encouraged to discuss service delivery with providers and contribute to development of service delivery plans.

Service providers should talk to residents about servicing the homeland, how much money is available, what the service provider can do for that amount and their obligations under the funding agreement.

If the resident wants take part in the upkeep of the homelands then the resident and provider should come to an agreement on what can be done by the resident and what can be done by the provider.
This should be documented in the service delivery plan.

4. Indicative funding levels allocated to support intended municipal and essential services works at the lowest level practical, for example at service provider, region or community level. 

Municipal essential services and housing maintenance allocation 2014-15 (163.2 kb)

5. Nominated service providers for the upcoming year.

Municipal essential services and housing maintenance allocation 2014-15  (163.2 kb)

6. The homeland engagement strategy for the upcoming year.

2014-15 engagement strategy (81.2 kb)

2013-14 intended service delivery to homelands

Required information

Progress

1. The criteria to assess and identify eligible homelands and the resultant list of eligible homelands.

Homeland eligibility (36.6 kb) 
List of eligible homelands (120.8 kb)

2. Intended service provision including, but not limited to, criteria to assess and identify eligible homelands and levels and standards of municipal and essential services works that providers will be required to meet. 

Levels of standards of municipal and essential services works required to be met. (961.4 kb)

3. Number of service delivery plans developed.

As this is the first year for this new requirement, service delivery plans are currently being developed by service Providers. Nil completed at time of publication.

4. Indicative funding levels allocated to support intended municipal and essential services works at the lowest level practical, for example at service provider, region or community level. 

Community and service provider funding (362.0 kb)

5. Nominated service providers for the upcoming year.

Community and service provider funding (362.0 kb)

6. The homeland engagement strategy for the upcoming year.

Engagement strategy 2013-14 – MES IP (34.6 kb)

2013-14 service delivery outcomes and performance achievement information

Required information

Progress

(a)    Actual funding provided at community and service provider level

Community and service provider funding (362.0 kb)

(b)    Progress of capital works

The capital infrastructure project report (94.4 kb) gives an update on progress to 2013-14 projects. This information is compiled from reporting received to date.  As remaining reports are received this information will be updated.

In the 2014-15 year, service providers are required to submit service delivery plans for each homeland. Completion rates of planned works will be published from reporting against these service delivery plans

(c)    Delayed and on time completion rates

Reporting on delayed/on time completion rates will available in the 2014-15 year as service providers will be required to submit service delivery plans for each homelands. Measurement for delayed/on time completion rates will come from reporting against the service delivery plans.

(d)    Responsiveness to urgent works

Responsiveness to urgent works report 2013-14 (89.4 kb) details the response to urgent works as the service provider became aware of an issue

A summary report outlining performance levels and achievement of performance indicators and benchmarks as set out in Table 6 and 7

Table 6:
Performance Indicator 1 requires 100 per cent of eligible homelands to be receiving municipal and essential services. All occupied communities previously funded under the Homeland Program were again funded in 2013-14 and received municipal and essential services.

Performance Indicator 2 requires that at least 90 per cent of homeland residents receive regular, clear and transparent information on funding and service performance. 100 per cent of homelands residents have access to information published on the department's website about funding and service levels. Additionally, service providers are in regular contact with the communities and residents and opportunities are taken to pass on information through third party organisations such as land councils, NGOs and other NT Government departments.

Table 7:
At the end of the second reporting period the ratio of indigenous to non-indigenous employment under municipal essential services funding was 65 per cent.

Funding

The funding arrangements are:

  • municipal and essential services grants of $15 million per annum
  • capital infrastructure grants of $5 million per annum
  • housing maintenance program grants of $7.3 million per annum
  • homelands extra allowance of $14 million over four years.

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Last updated: 15 August 2017