05 the business of governing organisations
Training to empower VACCA’s governing body
The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) was a Finalist in Category A of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Here CEO Muriel Bamblett speaks about the importance of training to empower directors to undertake their role effectively.
How VACCA reports back to community
The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) was a Finalist in Category A of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Here CEO Muriel Bamblett describes VACCA’s strategies to communicate with the community.
Ngnowar Aerwah on representation and accountability
Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation (NAAC) was a Finalist in Category A of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Here Board members Philomena Hunter and Janet Gallagher discuss prioritising accountability to their members and funders, and some challenges around this that arise from operating in a small community.
IUIH on the power of data to create accountability
The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) was a Finalist in Category A of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Here CEO Adrian Carson talks about the power of data to create accountability. Data creates a clear picture, which allows IUIH to respond to the health needs of their communities and to report back to their communities. This underpins a sense of community control.
Western Desert Dialysis’s strategic planning
Marlene Spencer and Sarah Brown explain how the Board Directors of WDNWPT prioritized and developed a five year strategic plan for the organisation.
WYDAC’s board and decision making
The Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC) board members make the decisions that shape the organisation. Nurturing good relationships between board members is a key dimension to ensure the effective governance of the organisation.
NPY Women’s Council’s bush meetings
Andrea Mason, NPY Women’s Council Co-ordinatior, explains how NPY Women's Council organise and run their bush meetings every year.
NPY Women’s Council: How NPY governance works
The NPY Women’s Council won the 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards. In this video NYP Women’s Council Chairperson, Yanyi Bandicha, and Coordinator, Andrea Mason, explain how their governance works.
Governing the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation
The Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC) (formally known as the Mt Theo Program) was started in 1993 by elders of the Yuendumu community to address petrol sniffing in the community. Created by and for Warlpiri people, the program has now dedicated itself to providing opportunities for young people to grow strong, be proud, make healthy life choices, pursue meaningful pathways and become future leaders. This video explains what WYDAC does to ensure they have a strong communitis, a strong organisation and strong young people.
MG Corporation’s road to financial independence
MG Corporation's former CEO Franklin Gaffney talks about MG Corporation’s road to financial independence from government.
What can we do? Capacity development for leaders
Do you want to build the capacity of your leaders? This resource sets out some important steps, questions to ask and examples from others. Use it to think about what you can do.
Check-up: Effective capacity building practices for leaders
This check-up lists different areas of capacity development for leaders. It will help you analyse what you are doing well and identify new skills for your leaders to develop.
Check up: Roles of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governing body
Use this resource to check that your governing body is fulfilling all their roles and responsibilities.
Check-up: Governing body decision making processes
Apply all of this check-up to the decision making in your community, organisation or group. It will help you analyse if there is a problem with your decision making.
Template: List of contents for a governance reference manual
This list of contents will give you an idea of the kinds of information you could include in a governance reference or induction manual for your leaders. Your community and nation will also be better informed about how you do things if they have access to it.
What can we do? The basic steps in strategic planning
This resource sets out the key steps for developing a strategic plan and the specific actions and issues that need to be addressed at each step.
A framework for understanding the barriers to Indigenous financial capability
This report prepared by the First Nations Foundation and Reconciliation Australia outlines best practice principles for the design and delivery of financial education programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. On page seven, there is a diagram that outlines the barriers that need to be overcome to enhance financial literacy in Indigenous communities.
Check-up: When is there a conflict of interest?
If you sit on a governing body you will have to deal with conflicts of interest in your role. You can use this check-up to see when you may have a conflict of interest.
Check-up: How do we manage change?
Apply this check-up to your processes to manage change and crises in your organisation or group. It will help you analyse your current processes for managing change and give you ideas for what else you could do.
Template: Governance development and action plan
This Governance Development and Action Plan is based on a strategic planning template that was developed by Dr Ian Hughes at the Yooroang Garang: School of Indigenous Health Studies in The University of Sydney. You can customise the template to suit your own needs, doing it in chunks, or using it to create a longer-term strategic approach to your governance rebuilding