The purpose of this position paper is to define the Territory policy response to the introduction of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) in June 2007. The NTER has delivered significant additional resources for the services provided to Indigenous Territorians. The extent of these additional resources has demonstrated the size and complexity of the task required to close the gap of disadvantage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Territorians. This paper sets out a clear case for maintaining and enhancing the current focus and scale of the investments required to meet the challenges of three decades of investment backlog. It aims to lay the foundations for a new and comprehensive governance framework for working together to close the gap. This new framework must build on the history and experience of service delivery in the Northern Territory prior to and during the NTER, and must guarantee the active engagement of the community and all stakeholders in a transparent and accountable framework to which all parties can commit.
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