Chair of the Halls Creek Project Management Committee, Peter Yu, will chair the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) Review Board.
The Board has been established to conduct an independent and transparent review of the NTER to assess what is working, whether the measures are effective and their impact to date on individuals and communities. The Board will consult widely and seek public submissions.
Mr Yu has achieved important outcomes in Halls Creek, including improved infrastructure and housing.
Former Chair of the NSW Aboriginal Child Sexual Assault Taskforce, Marcia Ella Duncan, and former Australian Electoral Commissioner, Bill Gray AM, will also be on the Review Board.
An independent expert group will support the Review Board. The group will be comprised of 11 experts drawn from public policy, health, child welfare, legal and economic development fields.
The NTER Board will:
The Government is determined to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and families in remote Northern Territory communities and is committed to an evidence-based approach to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Promoting economic participation, improving health and education outcomes and better engaging Indigenous people in developing solutions are key to the Government's plan for closing the gap.
The NTER Review Board and the Expert Group will be supported by a secretariat which will provide project management support.
The NTER Review Board is expected to provide the Australian Government with a final report by 30 September 2008.
The Expert Group will support the Review Board. It will meet two or three times over the course of the Review, and individual members will work with the Review Board on particular issues as the Review progresses.
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