East Arnhem

  • The Groote Archipelago LDM Agreement between the Northern Territory Government and Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) was signed by the Chief Minister on 14 November 2018. Click here (1.9 mb) to view the Agreement.
    The first three Implementation Plans were signed by the Chairman and CEO of the Anindilyakwa Land Council and the Chief Minister on 19 June 2019.  The Implementation Plans set out steps to transition control of decision making and service delivery from the Northern Territory Government to the Anindilyakwa people in the areas of housing (671.8 kb), Economic Development (600.4 kb), and Law, Justice and Rehabilitation (791.4 kb).
  • The Yolngu Region Local Decision Making Partnership was signed on 30 May 2019 by the Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation, Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, ARDS Aboriginal Corporation, Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, the Northern Territory Government, East Arnhem Regional Council and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet at the Yolngu Radio Studios in Nhulunbuy. The commitment marks a new and better way of working together to properly recognise and support local decision making, service delivery and empowerment in the Yolngu region of East Arnhem Land. All signatories have committed to community engagement, co-design, and collaborative decision making with the aim of helping Yolngu communities realise their social and economic development aspirations. A copy of the Partnership can be found here (6.4 mb)
  • A community led workshop was held in the East Arnhem Region (Nhulunbuy) on 10-11 September 2018 with all tiers of government, Yolngu and major regional partners to establish an agreed approach to progressing LDM in the Yolngu communities.
  • The Department of Education has a three year plan, and will establish Local Engagement and Decision Making (LEaD) committees in 34 remote community schools in 2019 with a further 20 to be established in 2020.
  • The Department of Health is working with Miwatj to transfer the control of Ramingining and Lake Evella clinics.
  • Regional stakeholders have participated in the trial of a cultural competency workshop which was developed in collaboration with ARDS Aboriginal Corporation. The trial was successful and the Cultural Competency Training package is being finalised. It is envisaged that all NT Government agencies will utilise this training package to ensure that their staff are aware of the specific cultural competencies required for working in East Arnhem Land. This contributes to the success of Local Decision Making in our Region.
  • Baniyala LDM Agreement signed 30 July 2018 which include employment, business and economic development, education and training, community safety, health, infrastructure and housing and culture.

2019 Garma Key Forum