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About us

Good governance

              Better decisions

                         Stronger communities


FDIO prepares, supports and advises Boards, Directors and Executives of Aboriginal organisations to practice effective, culturally informed governance.

Good governance is all about making good decisions. Those decisions need to improve organisational capability, ensure sustainability and provide measurable outcomes.

Yet, the governance framework of Aboriginal organisations is more complex than most. In order to make good decisions, Directors and Executives must constantly reconcile how compliance processes and corporate governance responsibilities interact with cultural obligations.

FDIO works with leaders to strengthen their organisation’s governance capability so their decisions have a positive impact on their community.

We walk with organisations as they build stronger communities.


Our approach

FDIO is an independent, not for profit charitable trust located in WA. We offer a range of services to Aboriginal organisations, their stakeholders and service providers.

Our approach is to provide value for money services, with insight and integrity. 

Services are tailored to suit the unique needs of each client. We always aim to transfer knowledge, as well as deliver sustainable outcomes.

Ultimately our role is to prepare, support and advise, in order to continually improve governance effectiveness.


2019 priorities

FDIO is applying its knowledge of corporate and cultural governance with its experience working with Aboriginal Corporations, Trusts, and Enterprises to expand its service offerings this year.

Some of FDIO's new projects include:

  • Providing secretariat and project support to the Pre Trust Nominations Committee of the South West Native Title Settlement 
  • Coordinating the pre-qualification process for the entities of the Yamatji Nation Southern Regional Agreement
  • Designing and developing a Director Registration Program to provide a register of pre-qualified, properly skilled, experienced and culturally aware directors
  • Hosting events including the Launch of a research paper into Benefit Management Structures (August, and a demonstration session of The Keeping Place (November).

If you would like to find out more about these projects please contact the Executive Officer on 0422 420 602 or

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