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Raising the Bar: Setting and achieving new standards for Directors of Indigenous organisations

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 13:30

Next FDIO Event - (AIATSIS Conference Presentation)

Raising the Bar: Setting and achieving new standards for Directors of Indigenous organisations.

Traditional Owner and Independent Directors of Indigenous organisations face a unique set of challenges. They need to balance cultural and corporate governance obligations, operate within a complex legislative and regulatory framework and are often exposed to harsh scrutiny from family and community. 

So, why do we expect someone with no training or relevant experience to step into the role and deliver effective, culturally legitimate governance? Indigenous people deserve the best leaders possible, those leaders need to be aware of their responsibilities and they deserve to be set up to succeed. 

Our presentation will explore how the practical application of Director selection criteria and pre-qualification processes, combined with inductions and culturally informed governance training could reduce the risk of non-compliance and help to ensure Directors of Indigenous organisations have the attitude and knowledge required to do their job well. 

We will draw on the wisdom of current Traditional Owner Directors Jahna Cedar, Jason Masters and Gordon Cole by way of a panel discussion. Following this section, we would like to workshop with participants how training community members as "Directors in waiting" could create opportunities for more Indigenous people to be involved in making decisions that impact them.


The Forum for Directors of Indigenous Organisations (FDIO) is a professional network offering tailored information and support for all those engaged in the governance and operation of Indigenous corporations, trusts, businesses, joint ventures and community organisations.