Over the next five years the East and West Kimberley District Leadership Groups (DLG) will work collectively with the government, services providers, Aboriginal organisations and local leadership to find solutions to complex local issues and to help improve the well-being of families in the Kimberley.
The two groups identified three regional priority areas that they could work on collaboratively to deliver responsive, integrated place-based solutions, including:
- 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
The DLG’s will use the established approach of collective impact to develop community-driven, place-based initiatives for each of the regional priority areas.
Collective impact in its simplest form is a group of organisations with shared responsibilities and accountability, working towards a common goal.
The effectiveness of collective impact has been demonstrated by the Kununurra Empowering Youth (KEY) initiative established by the East Kimberley District Leadership Group in December 2016 to reduce anti-social behaviour during the school holidays and to connect young people to their community and families. KEY is still in its early stages and is only one initiative required to develop community cohesion in Kununurra.
Regional Services Reform Unit, Director, Tracey Gillett said establishing a collective vision and mutual accountability is essential in developing community-driven solutions that can change behaviours and increase the well-being of children and families in the Kimberley.
“DLG’s are an important collaboration mechanism recognised by the Department of Communities in leading on-ground response and in developing an understanding of complex, entrenched local issues.
“Local leadership has a role to play in facilitating dialogue about complex social issues and brokering partnerships with the wider community. We know community-driven responses work where everyone shares responsibility to do things differently, including supporting initiatives for long enough in order to have a sustained impact.
“The success and lessons learnt from the Kimberley DLGs will be used to create a framework for DLGs across the State, as the new Department of Communities moves to an integrated place-based model of service delivery.
“The regional priority areas the DLGs have set are challenging, as a community we need to work together to enable families to become more resilient and children to grow up healthy, safe and proud.” Ms Gillett 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.
East Kimberley DLG developing its regional priorities.