01 understanding governance
The Marruk Project on the advantages of non-incorporation
The Marruk Project was awarded First Place in Category B of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Here Project Manager Angela Frost explains the benefits of being a non-incorporated entity - the project can operate fluidly and remain true to its core values.
The Marruk Project on community governance
The Marruk Project was awarded First Place in Category B of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Here Project Manager Angela Frost describes Marruk’s governance structure and the sense of community ownership.
Waltja women in governance
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation was awarded First Place in Category A of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Waltja directors are all community women. Here Chairperson April Martin talks about Waltja’s governance processes and the strong women that are on their board.
What community-controlled governance means at IUIH
The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) was a Finalist in Category A of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Here CEO Adrian Carson and Director of Operations and Communications Jody Currie describe the 'vibe' of community-controlled governance at IUIH.
The significance of effective governance for IUIH
The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) was a Finalist in Category A of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Here CEO Adrian Carson highlights the wider significance of governance, identifying that “good governance is fundamental to good health”.
How the Yiriman Project works with young women
The Yiriman Project was awarded First Place in the 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards. Yiriman Elder, Annie Milgin explains how the Project works with young people and how they involve young women.
The guiding principles of the NPY Women’s Council
The NPY Women’s Council was awarded First Place in the 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards. The Council Chair, Yanyi Bandicha and Co-ordinator, Andrea Mason explain the strong cultural principles that are the spirit of the organisation and the foundation for their goverance.
Martumili Artists on how their un-incorporated organisation works
Martumili Artists manager Gabrielle Sullivan and staff member Kathleen Sorensen talk about how the organisation’s steering committee works and their decision to remain an unincorporated body whose financial management is largely run by the Shire of East Pilbara.
Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly and self-determination
Murdi Paaki Chair Sam Jeffries talks about self-determination and governance in Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly.
How MG Corporation’s governance works
In this video Helen Gerrard, MG Director explains the governance structure of the MG Corporation. She talks about how it has changed over time and represents different groups through the Dawang Council.
Check-up: Effective legitimate governance
In a well-governed nation, community, group or organisation, the people (members, board, staff and leaders) have an agreed way of doing things. You can use this check-up to see if you have the right stuff.
What can we do? Organisational governance
You can use this resource to review your organisational governance and see some examples of what others have done.
Snapshot: Legislation websites
You can also learn more about becoming a incorporation or cooperative under different laws by visiting these websites.
Comparative table of incorporation legislation (ORIC)
This document provides general information about incorporation statutes in Australia. It is not intended to be legal advice. While best efforts have been made to ensure the information in this document is accurate, the registrar makes no guarantee that the information contained in this document is correct.
What can we do? Mapping community assets for governance
You can use this resource to map out the strengths in your community which you can use to build your governance.
What can we do? Strengthening community governance
This resource outlines some important questions to think about before you go about strengthening your community governance.
Snapshot: Different models of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander models of nation, community and regional governance are often based on sophisticated networks. These can be made up of interconnected layers of extended families, clans and leaders, and their land-ownership rights and interests. These cultural networks form the foundations for a wide variety of different governing structures, depending on what suits the particular nation, community or group. Sometimes these structures are legally incorporated; sometimes they remain informal and flexible.
What can we do? Encouraging women to be active members
You can use this resource to see what your organisation or community does to encourage women to participate in governance and then to think about what else you could do.
Snapshot: Similarities and differences between community and corporate governance
Indigenous community governance happens outside as well as inside corporations and organisations. This table summarises some of the important similarities and differences between their governance.
What can we do? Footy and playing the governance game
Thinking about how footy is played is a good way to think about governance. For every footy team, there are a lot of different things that need to be pulled together on the day if the team wants to play its best and win the match. It's the same for governance. You can use this worksheet to think about your governance and the roles of your governance team.
Your governance culture and environment
This diagram shows the layers of your governance environment.
Who is in an incorporated organisation?
|Members||The people who decide to set up an organisation for a specific purpose.|
|Directors or governing body members||Usually elected by the members of the corporation.|
|Chief Executive Officer (CEO)||Usually appointed by the directors or governing body.|
|Other managers and staff||Usually appointed by the CEO and/or directors.|
What an Indigenous community shares
A community might share many features.
The important parts of governance
(who does it)
(how you do it)
(what you do)
(what you need)
(the way you do things)
|Your wider environment