Animal Management Worker Program Evaluation

In July 2011 Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) received funding from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (formerly the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Aboriginal Affairs) through the Northern Territory Aboriginal Benefit Account to implement an animal health and management program in the Northern Territory.

Activity Over the last three years AMRRIC has worked with three Regional Councils – Barkly Regional Council (BRC), East Arnhem Regional Council (EARC) and Roper Gulf Regional Council (RGRC) – to employ and train Aboriginal animal management workers (AMWs) to help improve companion animal health and control in those regions. The intention in running those programs has been both to improve animal, environmental and human health and to develop a sustainable Aboriginal AMW program model that could be applied more broadly across rural and remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.