This graph illustrates the amount of estimated direct Indigenous expenditure by Australian governments per Indigenous person in 2012-13, by jurisdiction. Nationally, the estimated Direct expenditure per Indigenous person was $43,449 (2014 Indigenous Expenditure Report).
In the Northern Territory, the estimated Direct expenditure per Indigenous person was even higher; ie, $65,502 per Indigenous person. If this amount were to be cashed out and pooled for an Alyawarr Government servicing a population of 3,000, this would provide it with recurrent revenues of $196,505,670 (in 2012-13 dollars).
$200m per annum would be a considerable sum of money to provide services with. Despite being an area of high need, it is estimated that perhaps as little as one tenth of this amount is expended recurrently in the Alyawarr Region.
Even upon recognising the need to expend on the big-ticket items such as health & hospital services, social security, housing and education, this amount of money appears to be ample for significantly improve the lives of the Alyawarr people.
The prospect of cashing out and pooling of funds opens up possibilities for more effective coordination and economies through purchasing arrangements. Such possibilities were demonstrated in the Aboriginal Coordinated Care Trials during the late 1990s. NB: the four trial sites included Katherine West,and therefore the Northern Territory and Commonwealth governments already have some experience with this approach. While the Aboriginal Cooordinted Care Trials were restricted to the realm of primary health care, the approach could be extended to the hospital system through purchasing arrangements based on Casemix (per the existing method of Commonwealth financing).
With the return of our lands, we would also seek to maintain pastoral leases and promote appropriate mining ventures.
With at least ten cattle stations on Alyawarr land paying rents of around $10,000 each, this is expected to reap around $100,000 per annum.
Mining royalties appear to be more lucrative.