Supporting Indigenous Livelihoods: Appropriate Scales of Governance
North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) for
Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) and the National Water Commission (NWC), 2012
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About this publication
This project was contracted to Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) by the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) and funded by the Commonwealth government's Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment (NAWFA). The project team has worked within compressed timelines, over an area of considerable geographical reach, and with an ambitious range of subjects to investigate. It aimed to:
- Focus on how well local governments, state governments and the Commonwealth government cooperate together to assist, encourage and support local self-management. If these three levels of government are not working well with the catchment management groups the project will try to understand why. At the end of the project recommendations will be made about how cooperation can be improved and how sustainable employment opportunities can be supported; and
- produce a report for NAILSMA and the participants that:
- describes the representative groups and networks for environmental management in the catchment or locality;
- assesses the current ability of these representative groups and networks to actively manage land and water, influence policy, and control development; and
- assesses relevant government agencies and their ability to work together, and suggests improvements in their processes.
Note: This report was jointly funded by the National Water Commission and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government or the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the contents of this publication are factually correct, the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents, and shall not be liable for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the contents of this publication.