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Aboriginal Regional Alliances
There are currently nine 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)
In 2018, the Riverina-Murray Regional Alliance underwent an assessment process and is now an official Local Decision Making site.
Western Sydney Aboriginal Regional Alliance also joined Local Decision Making in 2019.
Most recently, La Perouse Aboriginal Community Alliance became a Local Decision Making site in 2020.
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 responsibility 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.
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.
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.
Housing, Economic Development, Health and Education.
Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Binaal Billa Region 6887 4405
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.
Education, Police and Justice, Housing, Employment and Health.
Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Illawarra South-East Region 4478 2680
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.
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
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.
Housing, Economic Development, Education and Early Childhood.
Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Murdi Paaki Region 08 8088 0004
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 is a backbone organisation, and also participates in the Commonwealth Government Empowered Communities initiative.
Barang advocates to reform current thinking, systems and processes for 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 represents seven opt-in organisations including: Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, NAISDA Dance College, Mingaletta Aboriginal Corporation, Yerin Aboriginal Health Services, Bara Barang Corporation, Gudjagang Ngara Ii-dhi Aboriginal Corporation and The Glen Centre.
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; 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; build community capacity through culture and leadership development.
Barang focuses on youth, employment, homelessness, health and well-being, and culture.
Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Hunter/Central Coast Region 1800 019 998
North Coast Aboriginal Development Alliance (NCADA)
NCADA works in partnership with communities, employees and government agencies to improve service delivery and support for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NCADA 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.
NCADA covers the Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed local government areas.
Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Northern Region 1800 019 998
Riverina-Murray Regional Alliance (RMRA)
The Riverina-Murray Regional Alliance (RMRA)'s aim 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.
To align, unify and strengthen communities to ensure effective localised responses to identified service gaps and priorities.
RMRA have identified housing, health, healing and well-being and law and justice as their key priority areas.
Albury, Cootamundra, Cummeragunja, Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Narrandera, Tumut and Wagga.
Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Binaal Billa Region 6887 4405
Western Sydney Aboriginal Regional Alliance (WSARA)
WSARA’s goal is to ensure that Aboriginal people in Western Sydney participate in all local decision-making that affects their lives and that Aboriginal community aspirations remain central to achieving better outcomes.
WSARA covers the Western Sydney Aboriginal community.
The vision of the Western Sydney Aboriginal Regional Alliance is to work towards ensuring Aboriginal communities have an authentic and genuine voice in negotiations/consultations in determining what services are being developed and implemented through mutual respect and understanding, and to ensure Aboriginal community vision and aspirations remain central to achieving better outcomes for all Aboriginal people in Western Sydney.
Economic Development, Employment and Education.
Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Sydney Region 1800 019 998
La Perouse Aboriginal Community Alliance (LPACA)
The La Perouse Aboriginal Community Alliance (LPACA) was formed in 2014 to provide an effective strategic, representative and accountable mechanism for the Aboriginal community to express its views and needs and achieve its aspirations.
The Alliance is committed to ongoing engagement and identifying opportunities to develop collaborative strategies with La Perouse Aboriginal community organisations, government and non-government organisation sectors within the limits of available resources. Its purpose is to provide strategic direction and leadership to ensure Aboriginal empowerment.
The vision of the La Perouse Aboriginal Community Alliance is Strong leadership and governance through united, prosperous organisations to ensure that our people are cared for and supported.
The Membership structure of the La Perouse Aboriginal Community Alliance is a partnership between organisations which undertake community development and deliver services to the La Perouse area.
Member Organisations include:
- La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council
- Guriwal Aboriginal Corporation
- Eastern Zone Gujaga Aboriginal Corporation
- La Perouse Bummers Youth Haven
- La Perouse Board Riders Aboriginal Corporation
- La Perouse Panthers Sporting Aboriginal Corporation
- Gamanygal Aboriginal Corporation
The priorities of the La Perouse Aboriginal Community Alliance are Education, Employment, Health, Housing, Economic Development and a Safe
Community and Family.
The La Perouse Aboriginal Community Alliance area covers six local government areas. These include City of Sydney, Bayside Council, Sutherland Shire Council, Randwick City Council, Waverly Council and Woollahra Municipal Council.
Want to know more?
Should you have questions relating to Local Decision Making please forward your query to:
Phone: 1800 019 998