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Aboriginal Regional Alliances

There are currently eight Aboriginal regional alliances in NSW, each one set up under Local Decision Making to negotiate on behalf of local Aboriginal communities with the NSW Government about the design and delivery of services to their communities.


In 2013 Aboriginal Affairs called for open expressions of interest from Aboriginal communities wanting to be part of Local Decision Making. An evaluation committee then assessed the applications before deciding where Local Decision Making negotiations would start.

On 4 December 2013, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs announced Aboriginal regional alliances listed below had been selected:

  • Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly (Far Western NSW)
  • Illawarra Wingecarribee Aboriginal Alliance Corporation (Illawarra/Wingecarribee)
  • Regional Aboriginal Development Alliance (North Coast)

Given the high level of interest in Local Decision Making and the work that Aboriginal communities are already undertaking in partnership with government, the Minister announced more sites in 2014, relying on the expressions of interest already assessed in 2013. On 8 September 2014, the Minister announced Local Decision Making would be extended to:

  • Barang Regional Alliance (Central Coast)
  • Three Rivers Regional Assembly (Central West)

A further Aboriginal regional alliance was added on 5 March 2015:

  • Northern Region Aboriginal Alliance (New England North West)

In September 2016, the Regional Aboriginal Development Alliance split into two to make their respective boundaries more manageable. This formed a new Aboriginal regional alliance:

  • Tribal Wave Assembly (Lower North Coast)

In 2018, the Riverina-Murray Regional Alliance underwent an assessment process and is now an official Local Decision Making site.


Northern Region Aboriginal Alliance (NRAA)

The purpose of the NRAA is to achieve positive and sustained outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Northern Region through committed and collaborative engagement, decision making and action between community members, organisations and government.

Communities
The NRAA covers the local government areas of Armidale, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Guyra, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Upper Hunter, Uralla, Walcha, Warrumbungles

Vision
Through strong leadership, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations implement an informed and inclusive consultation process which will give a voice to whole of the Aboriginal community within the boundary of NRAA to either highlight issues or influence change in services for the betterment of the community.

Priorities
Health, Education, Economic Development and Employment, Social Justice and Housing.

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Northern Region 0475 961 279

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Three Rivers Regional Assembly (TRRA)

TRRA as a collective authentic Aboriginal leadership group provides the highest standard of regional governance, through mutual accountability, advocating, supporting and strengthening local communities towards sustainable long-term partnerships. The role and responsibilities of the TRRA is to work towards ensuring Aboriginal communities have a real and genuine voice in negotiation consultations in determining what services are being developed and implemented.

Communities
Three Rivers Regional Assembly is currently representative of twelve (12) communities: Bathurst, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Mudgee, Narromine, Nyngan, Orange, Parkes, Peak Hill, Trangie, Warren and Wellington.

Vision
To foster and nurture leadership. Be acknowledged, accepted, and known as the voice of the Aboriginal peoples within the TRRA boundary. Enhance Governance and Management to strengthen cultural integrity within local and regional communities. Encourage transparency, consistency and accountability in all decision-making within local and regional communities.

Priorities
Housing, Economic Development, Health and Education.

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Western Region 6887 4405

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Illawarra-Wingecarribee Alliance Aboriginal Corporation (IWAAC)

IWAAC represents the Local Decision Making interests of Illawarra and Wingecarribee Aboriginal communities of the Illawarra South East Coast of NSW. Incorporated by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations in November 2015, IWAAC has its roots in the Illawarra Regional Partnership Agreement and Illawarra Community Based Working Group.

Participating groups and organisations
IWAAC is comprised of the following Aboriginal groups and corporations: Bellambi Indigenous Corporation, KEJ Tribal Elders, Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation, SACYA, Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation, Illawarra AMS, Illawarra Koori Mens Group, Kullila, Yamanda Aboriginal Corporation, Koori Kulcha Aboriginal Corporation.

Priorities
Education, Police and Justice, Housing, Employment and Health.

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Illawarra South-East Region 4478 2680

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Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly (MPRA)

The Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly (MPRA) is the peak representative structure that represents the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 16 communities across western NSW. MPRA was the first alliance to sign an LDM accord with the NSW Government, at Government House on 19 February 2015.

Communities
Community Working Parties (CWPs) are the foundations of the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly. The 16 CWPs that make up MPRA are Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cobar, Collarenebri, Coonamble, Engonia, Goodooga, Gulargambone, Ivanhoe, Lightening Ridge, Menindee, Walgett, Weilmoringle, Wentworth/Dareton, Wilcannia NSW

Vision
To establish Aboriginal jurisdiction in the Murdi Paaki region based on the recognition of our human rights as Aboriginal peoples, political, social and cultural respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian society, and equitable participation in the economic development of the region.

Priorities
Housing, Economic Development, Education and Early Childhood.

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Western Region 6887 4405

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Barang Regional Alliance

The Barang Regional Alliance Ltd is a not-for-profit Aboriginal organisation supporting the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on Darkinjung Land on the Central Coast of NSW.
Barang’s footprint covers one local government and one health district providing unique opportunities for coordination in the region. Barang has a backbone organisation, and are the only LDM site to participate in the Commonwealth Government Empowered Communities initiative.
Barang advocate to reform current thinking, systems and processes to deliver more effective service delivery outcomes and accountability to the Central Coast Aboriginal community.

Participating groups and organisations
Barang covers Darkinjung Country (Central Coast) which covers the Gosford and Wyong local government areas. Barang currently represent five opt-in organisations including: NAISDA Dance College, Mingaletta Aboriginal Corporation, Yerin Aboriginal Health Services, Bara Barang Corporation, Gudjagang Ngara Ii-dhi Aboriginal Corporation.

Vision
Barang’s vision is to ensure cultural retention for future generations and the wider community; to build strong relationships and leverage; empower Darkinjung people through community led decision making reform and accountability; to work with partners to tailor regions services and investments to support Aboriginal people and organisations to build their capability and aspiration as core business activity; to build community capacity through culture and leadership development.

Priorities
Barang focuses on youth, employment, homelessness, health and well-being, and culture.

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Sydney/Newcastle Region 0472 820 877

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Regional Aboriginal Development Alliance (RADA)

RADA works in partnership with communities, employees and government agencies to improve service delivery and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

RADA commits to ensuring mutually beneficial outcomes for communities by building and maintaining relationships at the local level, working together to enable Aboriginal communities to have greater decision-making powers around service delivery to communities.

Communities
RADA covers the Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed local government areas.

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Northern Region 0475 961 279


Tribal Wave Regional Assembly (TWRA)

In September 2016, RADA split into two regional alliances due to the extent of their geographical boundary, forming the Tribal Wave Assembly (TWA). The name signifies a people’s movement: “a wave 4 change”. Both regional alliances are currently working to resolve their governance arrangements.

Communities
TWA covers the Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Gloucester, Greater Taree, Kempsey, Nambucca and Port Macquarie-Hastings, Williamtown, Medowie and Karuah local government areas.

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Northern Region 0475 961 279

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Riverina-Murray Regional Alliance (RMRA)

The Riverina-Murray Regional Alliance (RMRA) is the most recent governance structure to become a Local Decision Making site. The aim of the RMRA is to ensure member communities have a genuine voice in determining how and what services are delivered in their communities and to increase the capacity of each community to make decisions about their future.

Vision
To align, unify and strengthen communities to ensure effective localised responses to identified service gaps and priorities.

Priorities
RMRA have identified housing, health, healing and well-being and law and justice as their key priority areas.

Communities

Albury, Cootamundra, Cummeragunja, Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Narrandera, Tumut and Wagga.

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Western Region 6887 4405

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Want to know more?

Should you have questions relating to Local Decision Making please forward your query to:

Phone: 1800 019 998
Email: localdecisionmaking@aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au


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