Indigenous Governance and Leadership Development Strategy

Funding: National Partnership agreement on Stronger Futures in The Northern Terrirtory
Duration: September 2013 – June 2015
Location: Gapuwiyak, Milingimbi, Ramingining, Wurrumiyanga and Ntaria


Researchers from The Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University will be working with local people, decision-making groups and Government in five remote NT communities to:

  • Better understand Aboriginal and Western governance systems and arrangements
  • Develop new ways of supporting and growing knowledge and skills in governance and leadership
  • Find better ways for Aboriginal and Western governance systems and arrangements to work together

Stage One – Planning with communities

In Stage 1 we will talk with community leaders, traditional owners, community members, decision-making groups and staff in government organisations (Australian, NT and Local) about local Aboriginal and Western governance in the community.

How do they work together? What is working well, and are there problems? What changes can be made? What would people like to know more about and what skills would they like to develop?

This research will inform planning for Stage 2.

Stage Two – Working with communities

We will continue to work in each community following the plan we make together in Stage 1. This may involve working as mentors with individuals or groups; running workshops; helping with meetings, planning or evaluating; developing resources and documenting what happens. We will be reporting back to participants throughout this process.

If you would like more information, please contact:

Northern Institute (CDU): Michael Christie – 8946 7338