02 culture and governance
Embedding culture at VACCA
The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) was a Finalist in Category A of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Here CEO Muriel Bamblett discusses how culture informs the governance and operations of VACCA.
Girringun’s culturally-assured process
Girringun Aboriginal Corporation was awarded Highly Commended Category A in the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Here CEO Phil Rist describes how Girringun’s ‘culturally-assured’ process gives the organisation’s decisions legitimacy.
MG Corporation on working two ways
Edna O’Malley, MG Corporation Chair explains how MG Corporation practices two-way governance.
Ngurra-kurlu (the way yapa life is governed)
Steve Jampijinpa, Warlpiri educator and scholar, explains the five pillars of Warlpiri culture—the land, law, ceremony/performance/dance, language, and families in skin groups—all of which connect together to govern Yapa people’s lives.
Western Desert Diaylsis on putting cultural values at the heart of what you do
Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corp Inc. (WDNWPT) CEO Sarah Brown and Board Director Marlene Spencer talk about how culture and Aboriginal values are woven into the organisation’s governance and about the importance of Aboriginal people setting priorities rather than governments.
A vision and a preamble
It is important for a nation, community group, committee or organisation to prepare a vision that encapsulates its members’ values and where they see themselves in the future. This vision can be supported by a ‘preamble’ that explains the vision in the context of the organisation or community.
Your governance culture and environment
This diagram shows the layers of your governance environment.
The two-way accountability of Indigenous organisations and governing bodies
This is ‘two-way’ governance—for example, where the governance of an Indigenous organisation has to work both internally and externally. Sometimes it can be hard to balance Indigenous cultural expectations, with the requirements set out by government or funding bodies. Finding that balance and meeting Indigenous and non-Indigenous requirements means building governance that works well ‘two-ways’.
Indigenous governance principles in Australia
Indigenous people across Australia often use similar culturally-based principles to design their governing arrangements.
What is culture?
Different cultures have different rules for how they govern.