Category Archives: Managing Indigenous Organisations

Governance of Partnerships and Joint Ventures By Indigenous Organisations

Governance of a partnership, whatever form it takes, is as important as governance in a corporation. In fact, it is exactly the same. Governance is not the same as Management and the two should not be confused – it is critically important to keep them separate. Governance is about providing strategic oversight over an entity. Management is about coordinating day-to-day operations. Governance is like the Principal of a school making sure that all the teachers operate to an approved syllabus, to a required standard. Management is like the teachers deciding how to teach topics between Monday and Friday. If you mix the two up there is a risk that individual teachers will teach topics outside of the syllabus. There is a risk that the required standard of teaching will not be reached. There is a risk that individual students will receive special attention while others receive none. If the Principal decides to interfere with the teaching timetable, they run the risk of not being able to provide the correct standard of teaching within the time allocated. Having the Principal means that there is oversight over syllabus and standards. Having teachers do the teaching means that their role of providing the right type of teaching is applied. Governance...
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Are You Prepared For A Catastrophe?

If you manage an Indigenous organisation as a CEO or a Senior Manager of a unit, or if you have oversight as it's Chairperson, you probably have some concern in the back of your mind about some of the risks you face. You can probably cope with some of the small things like a computer crash or the loss of a staff member, even if you had not prepared beforehand. These are things you can work on as they happen, even if it is a bit inefficient, and could involve some delay or disruption to operations. But what about catastrophes? (more…)...
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How Do Indigenous Corporations Prepare For The Unexpected?

As the Chairperson or CEO of an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander corporation, or even as a Manager of a unit within one, I'm sure it will resonate with you when you hear that it's never "business as usual" for an Indigenous organisation. From one day to another, apart from running and managing your corporation, you will find external factors affecting how you operate and possibly even threaten your future. You know, for example, that from time to time, you face dangers from health & safety procedures. From time to time, governments change or their policies change and the security of your funding becomes an issue to worry about. While you might operate your standard processes for most of the day-to-day, the possibility of these risks worries you. But as a busy person, those are only the most likely ones - what about the hidden risks? (more…)...
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COVID-19: What If It Happens Again?

Risk has always been a reality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations operating in a context where funding is irregular, activities and operations often in remote and dangerous locations, resources and sufficient training on procedures are scarce, the retention of corporate knowledge and succession of talent is always difficult to maintain, and the risk of fraud and corporate theft always at hand. The recent COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented, catastrophic event that shut down travel, put at risk vulnerable Indigenous Elders, and in some cases closed operations for several weeks. What if it or another more likely or more catastrophic event happened again? (more…)...
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