About Local Decision Making

Implementation of Local Decision Making

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 received in detail before deciding where Local Decision Making would initially be implemented.

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

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:

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

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 Regional Assembly (Lower North Coast)

Principles and indicators for successful cross-cultural partnership and collaboration

In 2016 Aboriginal Affairs contracted Cox Inall Ridgeway to develop a set of principles and indicators for assessing the success of cross-cultural partnerships and collaboration. These principles and indicators were developed to foster an equal relationship between Aboriginal regional alliances and the NSW Government by ensuring there is a shared understanding of the partnership, the role of partners, and the overall principles and objectives of Local Decision Making.

The framework’s indicators allow each Local Decision Making partnership, once established, to monitor its overall performance.

The partnership questionnaires are contained within the Cox Inall Ridgeway report, which is available here.

Premier’s Memorandum

In March 2015, the Hon. Mike Baird, MP, (then) NSW Premier, issued a Premier’s memorandum which sets out the aim of Local Decision Making and outlines the roles and responsibilities of NSW Government agencies in supporting it.

It directs NSW Government agencies to work respectfully, constructively and cooperatively with Aboriginal regional alliances, to develop accords. Agencies must adhere to the principles of Local Decision Making, must negotiate openly and in good faith, and must share service provision and indicator data with Aboriginal regional alliances.

The Premier’s memorandum is available here

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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