An additional $4.3 million has been released to improve claims resolution. These include initiatives to improve the quality and quantity of anthropologists working in the national title system and to develop partnerships with state and territory governments for new approaches to claims settlement through negotiated agreements. The budget allocates additional resources to harness the potential of national title to close the gap in the fight against discrimination against indigenous peoples. This commitment is part of a broader strategy to make the system less adversarial, based on agreements rather than costly and lengthy litigation. The agreements also help to establish positive and lasting relations throughout the Community. This is $62.1 million, on a new value over four years, of additional funds for the activities of the Native Title Bodies Representative (NTRB), the legal representative of most of the complainant groups – $16.3 million by diverting ongoing funding from other agencies into the native securities system and 45.8 million additional new funds. The Government is also considering how to make the results of national securities agreements more sustainable and comprehensive in order to deliver benefits throughout the Community. In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) concluded five national partnership agreements on Aboriginal issues. All agreements include detailed performance indicators and benchmarks to track progress and hold governments to account. The Australian government has a groundbreaking agreement with the states and the Northern Territory, which will allow for much-needed investment and reforms in the supply and management of housing in remote Aboriginal Australia. The Australian government`s additional investment of $1.9 billion on a monthly average will bring total single-unit financing to $5.5 billion over a benchmark year. These funds allow the construction of up to 4,200 new homes and to repair or modernize about 4,800 homes. The new rules provide that indigenous homes are properly managed and maintained by national and national housing authorities.
Tenants must comply with and comply with standard tenancy agreements. The Commonwealth agreed with the courts in 2009 to conduct a national assessment of municipal and essential services in the Aboriginal communities concerned. The audit will provide clearer information on roles and responsibilities, as well as funding for services and routine maintenance, with the entry into force of new agreements between the Commonwealth, the States and the Northern Territory from July 1, 2012. Old housing models have not served communities well. The way we provide housing and related services in remote communities will change dramatically. The Australian government`s contribution will not depend on additional state and Northern Territory funding. However, the agreement requires states and the Northern Territory to assume additional responsibilities, while recognizing their important role in promoting change. By supporting the Declaration, this government has taken another important step in respecting Aboriginal rights and reshaping relations. It gives us new impulses for the community of trust and faith. Many Aboriginal people have not exercised their democratic rights because of isolation or lack of knowledge. The budget allocated to the Australian Electoral Commission is $13.0 million over four years for an Aboriginal participation program to increase the number of formal registrations, participation and votes in urban, regional and remote areas.
The Australian government has also asked the Northern Territory Valuer-General to set a reasonable rent for all existing five-year leases, which were forcibly acquired by the previous government. This process is about to be completed and the payment then begins. In December 2008, the Australian government agreed to expand consultations in response to feedback from municipalities