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The inaugural Chief Minister’s Awards were held in 2006 in Alice Springs and were known as the ‘Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management’.

Winners and finalists of the 2006 awards were:

Cross-Government Collaboration

Winner

Court Referral and Evaluation for Drug Intervention Treatment (CREDIT NT)
Department of Justice: Court Support Services

CREDIT NT first began diverting illicit substance users arrested for drug-related offences into treatment programs in May 2003. Since its inception, 286 clients have been referred by the Court to CREDIT NT. The overall completion rate for clients accepted into the program is 78.5%being 56% of people referred to the program in Alice Springs and 83% of those referred in Darwin. The success of CREDIT NT in reducing illicit substance use harm has surpassed expectation.

Highly commended

Jidan Gudbelawei (Kriol) – Peace at Home
Police, Fire and Emergency Services: Katherine Integrated Family Violence Service

NT Police in conjunction with Family and Children’s Services (FACS) developed the Katherine Integrated Family Violence Service as part of the ‘Jidan Gudbalawei’ (Kriol) or Peace at Home Project. The Service manages families who present with both domestic violence and child abuse issues delivering best practice services for family violence victims and their families. (Also highly commended in the cross government collaboration category).

Engagement with the Community

Winner

Libraries and Knowledge Centres Program
Department of Local Government, Housing and Sport: Northern Territory Library

The Libraries and Knowledge Centres Program provides library services in remote communities. The program was developed in response to requests from Indigenous communities, who wanted assistance to preserve and provide appropriate access to their cultural heritage. (Also highly commended in the Indigenous Community Development Category).

Highly commended

Jidan Gudbelawei (Kriol) – Peace at Home
Police, Fire and Emergency Services: Katherine Integrated Family Violence Service

NT Police in conjunction with Family and Children’s Services (FACS) developed the Katherine Integrated Family Violence Service as part of the ‘Jidan Gudbalawei’ (Kriol) or Peace at Home Project. The Service manages families who present with both domestic violence and child abuse issues delivering best practice services for family violence victims and their families. (Also highly commended in the cross government collaboration category). For more information click here.

Closing the Gap of Indigenous Disadvantage(Formerly named Indigenous Community Development)

Winner

Dhimurru Indigenous Protective Area - "Both ways" management 
Parks and Wildlife Service of the Northern Territory (PWSNT)

Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation (Dhimurru) and the PWSNT have had a formal agreement to jointly manage the Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Area since 2003. In the spirit of “both ways” management, rangers and staff from both organisations successfully share and practice aspects of traditional and contemporary land management on a day to day basis, with the care and control remaining in the hands of the Traditional Owners, according to the vision of their elders.

Highly commended

Flexible Employment Program in Southern Region Parks 
Parks and Wildlife Service of the Northern Territory (PWSNT)

The Flexible Employment Program is provides parks-based employment and training for Aboriginal people involved in joint management. Since the program’s inception, over 150 Aboriginal people have participated completing 106 projects, with a number of participants progressing to full time employment.

Libraries and Knowledge Centres Program
Department of Local Government, Housing and Sport: Northern Territory Library

The Libraries and Knowledge Centres Program provides library services in remote communities. The program was developed in response to requests from Indigenous communities, who wanted assistance to preserve and provide appropriate access to their cultural heritage. (Also highly commended in the Indigenous Community Development Category).

Progressive Joint Management in partnership with Indigenous people of the Katherine region 
Parks and Wildlife Service of the Northern Territory (PWSNT)

The Nitmiluk, Flora River and Gregory National Parks represent three different levels of progress in joint management between the PWSNT and Traditional Owners under the NT Government’s Framework for the Future Act. They reflect the exciting inroads forged so far in the often- delicate journey towards sound and harmonious park management outcomes. (Also highly commended in the Indigenous Community Development Category).

Strengthening Regional and Remote NT
(Formerly named Regional and Remote Development)

Winner

Progressive Joint Management in partnership with Indigenous people of the Katherine region 
Parks and Wildlife Service of the Northern Territory (PWSNT)

The Nitmiluk, Flora River and Gregory National Parks represent three different levels of progress in joint management between the PWSNT and Traditional Owners under the NT Government’s Framework for the Future Act. They reflect the exciting inroads forged so far in the often- delicate journey towards sound and harmonious park management outcomes. (Also highly commended in the indigenous community development category).

Highly commended

Remote Workforce Development Strategy - Revive and Refocus Forums
Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment: Strategic Workforce Development

Revive and Refocus Forums are a unique personal and professional development opportunity for remote NTPS employees not on offer in any other Australian jurisdiction. The program includes reflective and re-grouping activities to develop strategies for a range of issues including cross cultural effectiveness, and inter-agency collaboration for improved program delivery.

Dhimurru Indigenous Protective Area - "Both ways" management 
Parks and Wildlife Service of the Northern Territory (PWSNT)

Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation (Dhimurru) and the PWSNT have had a formal agreement to jointly manage the Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Area since 2003. In the spirit of “both ways” management, rangers and staff from both organisations successfully share and practice aspects of traditional and contemporary land management on a day to day basis, with the care and control remaining in the hands of the Traditional Owners, according to the vision of their elders.

Building a Skilled Workforce

New category in 2008.