The State Government announced major reforms to the way services will be provided to Aboriginal communities to ensure better outcomes in health, education and job prospects, particularly for children. Premier Colin Barnett said the era of billions of dollars being spent, with few improvements in the lives of Aboriginal people, had to end. A State Government review of Aboriginal services in the Roebourne area in 2013 found there were more than 200 services delivered by 63 providers to 1,410 people. These cost more than $58 million a year but there was little evaluation of how effective these services were. “This is a commitment to ensuring children are safe, that there are education and employment opportunities and social and economic stability in remote communities,” Mr Barnett said. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier said the Government would assess the employment, education, child protection and health care options available to Aboriginal people in remote areas to determine how to ensure services were provided in the most efficient and effective way with less duplication and better co-ordination. Reform will be led by Child Protection Minister Helen Morton, who will oversee human services and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman who will oversee remote infrastructure and development. Both Ministers will report to the Aboriginal Affairs Cabinet Sub Committee, chaired by Mr Collier.
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