Today, representative leadership across human service delivery in the Kimberley convened in Kununurra to explore leadership opportunities and imperatives for an all of systems approach.
The combined District Leadership Group (DLG) forum was designed to facilitate a direct dialogue with senior members of government on the regional priorities. Representatives from local, state and commonwealth governments, the community services sector, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, not for profit and industry where in attendance.
Over the next five years the East and West Kimberley DLG members will work collectively to address what needs to change and how these changes can occur to improve the well-being of children and families in the Kimberley.
In late 2017 the DLGs established three regional priority areas to deliver responsive, integrated place-based solutions. They are:
- Collectively addressing family violence – the groups will locally lead the implementation of the Kimberley Family Violence Regional Plan 2015-2020
- Supporting the early years – the groups will provide leadership to early learning and development initiatives at key locations
- Targeted support for vulnerable children and young people – the groups will lead the development of integrated and tailored earlier support services for young people and their families
Director General, Department of Communities, Grahame Searle said District Leadership Groups are an important mechanism to drive long-term change in the region, but also require the support of systemic and policy change to achieve better outcomes.
“This forum is a significant step to achieving on-going support and acknowledgement of shared leadership responsibilities at all layers of government and service providers.”
“This is a journey towards long-term systemic change to ensure that regional staff can succeed in their endeavors to meet the needs of children and their families.” Mr Searle said.
The Kimberley region will be the first region to move to a new Department of Communities integrated model of service delivery with a focus on individual needs. The region was identified for its readiness and willingness to embrace change through successful initiatives like the DLGs.
Director General, Department of Communities, Grahame Searle delivering the opening address at the Combined DLG forum.