Title Author /s Summary Date Tags Type
Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre
  • Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) aims to foster and nurture a new era of Indigenous leadership by:

  • Helping to Close the Gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by providing Indigenous leadership training and support
  • Developing a network of graduates across Australia to provide support and further opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills
  • Researching the primary enablers of effective leadership in an Indigenous context
  • Promoting the value of Indigenous leadership nationally.

As Australia’s only national provider of accredited Indigenous leadership education programs, the AILC has transformed the lives of more than 2000 graduates since it was established in 2001.

Leadership Website
Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors

The Australian Institute of Company Directors is committed to excellence in governance. They are involved in governance education, director development and advocacy. They have a membership of more than 40,000 including directors and senior leaders from business, government and the not-for-profit sectors. Their website contains a range of resources for directors as well as information about training courses.

Authorisation and decision-making in native title
  • Nick Duff

Native title involves an interface between the Australian legal system and Indigenous legal, cultural and political systems. The assertion and management of native title rights involves collective action by sometimes large and disparate groups of Indigenous people. Contentious politics makes such collective action difficult and the courts will often be asked to decide whether group decisions have been validly made. In the last two decades a vast and complex body of law and practice has developed to address this challenge.

Authorisation law is a set of principles about how the views and intentions of native title claimants or holders are translated into legally effective decisions. This book sets out the legal rules and their application in various situations: native title claims, native title agreement-making, decision-making by native title corporations, and compensation applications. It also addresses key practical, ethical and political dimensions of native title decision-making.

This book will be useful for native title practitioners including lawyers, judges and native title holders. It will also be relevant to academic research into the ethical, political and anthropological dimensions of Indigenous governance.

PBCs (Prescribed Body / Bodies Corporate)Decision makingNative Title ActILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) Book
Banking the credit of community ownership – the Victorian experience
  • Jeremy Clark
  • Janine Coombs

This paper examines the potential for native title organisations with limited asset bases to engage in successful commercial activity through joint venture enterprises. 

Firstly, we describe the development of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations as a state ‘peak-body’ of local native title organisations. We then discuss the Federation’s program of economic and commercial development both for its members and as an entity in itself, including the establishment of its incorporated joint ventures; Barpa Constructions Pty Ltd and On Country Heritage and Consulting Pty Ltd and commentary on the significance of the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Procurement Policy as a factor in this process.

The final section of the paper draws upon the experience of the Federation to examine how the legitimacy bestowed by the community ownership of native title organisations’ businesses creates a market advantage which is attractive to joint venture partners and can more than offset and deficit in terms of monetary resources available for investment in a newly established enterprise.

The paper concludes by reflecting that the market advantage bestowed by community ownership may well be a product of the racism inherent in Australian society’s hostility to wealthy Indigenous individuals.

PBCs (Prescribed Body / Bodies Corporate)Commercial developmentFederation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporation Presentation
Becoming a corporation member
  • Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations

Overview of the rights and responsibilities for members in Indigenous corporations registered under the CATSI Act.

Members Information Sheet
Big meeting checklist
  • Aurora

Checklist to help prepare for large community meetings.

Meetings Information Sheet
Board Code of Conduct
  • PBC website

This template can be used to establish a plain English Code of Conduct for board members or your general PBC staff.

BoardCEOChairpersonCode of ConductInduductionSecretaryStaff
Board induction checklist
  • PBC website

This board induction checklist provides a downloadable template for your PBC to formalise the induction process of new board members. It contains suggestions on documents to be included in an induction kit and when and by whom the new board is inducted. 

BoardInduductionSuccession Planning
Building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Governance: Report of a Survey and Forum to Map Current and Future Research and Practical Resource Needs
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

In Australia today there are an estimated 8000 to 9000 Indigenous organisations, many of which are incorporated under Commonwealth, state or territory legislation. Their governance work is often seen by Indigenous people as nation-building: an expression of self-determination and a way of reconceptualising relations with governments and asserting unique cultural traditions.

The effective governance of these organisations is critical to attracting funding, promoting sustainable economic activity and building resilient communities. It is now recognised that Indigenous governance and the governance of governments are intertwined and the latter is receiving greater critical scrutiny.

A growing number of research projects, governance building initiatives and practical resources are providing evidence of what works, what doesn’t and why. But the opportunities to evaluate this evidence, consider strategic priorities and build collaborations are limited.

On 29–30 July 2014, AIATSIS and AIGI convened an Indigenous governance forum in Canberra to provide such an opportunity. In preparation, a survey of Indigenous governance research, practical resources and future needs was widely circulated. This report provides a synthesis of ideas, comments, issues and possibilities identified through the survey and the forum.

Building Indigenous community governance in Australia: Preliminary research findings
  • Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This is a preliminary research report from the first year of fieldwork conducted by the Indigenous Community Governance Project (ICGP). The Project is exploring the nature of Indigenous community governance in diverse contexts and locations across Australia through a series of diverse case studies—to understand what works, what doesn’t work, and why.

Caring for country and sustainable Indigenous development: Opportunities, constraints and innovation
  • John Altman
  • Peter Whitehead

This paper explores how Indigenous community-based natural resource management can generate both conservation benefit and economic development opportunity. 

FireCAEPR Article
Central Land Council community development podcast series
  • David Martin; Centre for Native Title Anthropology

The Centre for Native Title Anthropology is giving attention to the role of anthropologists in the post-determination phase. It investigates the methodology and learnings of the CLC community development unit in working with groups and communities in managing income streams from their lands for wider benefit is of considerable potential interest to anthropologists. It offers an illustrative example of the intense, collaborative engagement that is necessary at this intersection of Aboriginal and wider value systems, where monies gained from activities on Aboriginal lands are invested into broader community benefit. For these reasons, there is much to learn which is relevant to the governance of compensation funds held in trust by PBC and other entities (such as those established under mining agreements with Aboriginal groups). The podcast series also investigates the ethical and political issues they all face as anthropologists working with Aboriginal groups on social change in a framework of self-determination.

David Martin interviews Ian Sweeney, the Unit’s Manager, and four of the Project Officers, Dave Howard, Cecilia Tucker, Dianna Newham, and Carl O’Sullivan.

Commercial developmentCommunityCommunity developmentEducationFundingNTRB (Native Title Representative Body) Presentation
Closed and open questions
  • Aurora

Explanation of closed and open questions.

MeetingsDecision making Information Sheet
Commercial opportunities from Native Title: The Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara peoples' journey to economic benefit
  • Ian Crombie
  • John Hender

The Coober Pedy region of South Australia is the traditional country of the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara people. The Native Title journey of the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara people started in 1995 when their claim commenced. After achieving Native Title determination, successfully negotiating a number of ILUAs and winning their first major commercial contract, their journey continues today.

This session will discuss the experiences of the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara people and how they have used Native Title to help achieve their community aspirations. Ian Crombie, Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation vice-chairman and Elder, will describe the many obstacles, decisions, learnings and successes, that have brought the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara people to where they are in their journey today. Importantly, he will discuss the challenges of balancing immediate community needs with both commercial opportunities and future goals. 

Strategic planning Presentation
Common types of decision making processes
  • Aurora

Outlines different methods of decision-making.

MeetingsDecision making Information Sheet
Complaints involving corporations
  • Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations

Advice for dealing with complaints.

Dispute managementORIC Information Sheet
Conservation management and native title: opportunities for indigenous ownership
  • Polly Grace
  • Terry Piper
  • Matthew Salmon

While Indigenous people make up just five percent of the global population, the areas they manage contain approximately 80 percent of the Earth’s biodiversity. 

In this context, there is an undeniably central role for Indigenous people to play in conservation management, but conversely, a significant risk that indigenous rights will be negatively impacted or undermined by conservation agendas. 

This panel will explore Indigenous experiences with conservation management, highlighting the opportunities and challenges faced by native title holders within this context.

Consolidated report on Indigenous Protected Areas following Social Return on Investment analyses
  • Social Ventures Australia

PM&C commissioned SVA Consulting to understand, measure or estimate and value the changes resulting from the investment in five IPAs across Australia. The Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology was used to complete each of these analyses, which were informed by interviews with 143 stakeholders as well as desktop research canvassing relevant qualitative and quantitative data.

IPA (Indigenous Protected Areas) Report
Constitutions Resource Centre
  • Native Nations Institute

The Native Nations Institute’s web-based Constitutions Resource Center (CRC) brings together extensive research on Indigenous constitutions, examples of the constitutional changes that Native nations are making, and videos of Native leaders and other governance experts talking about constitutional change. The site provides Native nations with access to a comprehensive set of tools and Native nation examples that can be helpful in the process of constitutional reform.

Contact Persons and Secretaries
  • Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations

Outlining the role of contact persons and secretaries for corporations registered under the CATSI Act.

Secretary Information Sheet