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Accord Negotiations

Accords between the NSW Government and regional Aboriginal alliances are the mechanism to:

  • Re-define the relationship between government and Aboriginal communities, where information and decision-making is shared.
  • Direct service delivery redesign and reinvestment according to the needs and priorities of the regional alliances.
  • Demonstrate the NSW Government commitment to the aims and objectives of Local Decision Making.

The Accord is a negotiated decision making process. Neither government agencies nor the regional alliances are able to dictate or veto outcomes. Reaching a negotiated agreement through an Accord will rely heavily on problem-solving, questioning, communication and compromise.

To successfully develop an Accord, regional alliances and government agencies must be willing to negotiate, which will involve a willingness to consider new ideas and solutions, and to accept compromises and solutions which may not be the original goal of either party or be less than what either party hoped to achieve.

Role of the NSW Governnment

Aboriginal Affairs co-ordinates the Accord negotiations, provides assistance to regional alliances, documents negotiations and contracts the Independent Facilitator.

The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) manages the participation of agencies and coordinates service re-design.

NSW agencies will negotiate openly and in good faith, with the objective of achieving positive outcomes.

Lead Negotiator NSW Government

The Lead Negotiator for the NSW Government represents the NSW Government in the Accord process and brokers collaborative responses to priority issues.

View the Lead Negotiator NSW Government role description

Lead Agency Negotiators

Agency Negotiators are nominated to work with regional alliances to negotiate Accords. Agency Negotiators have sufficient decision-making authority to respond flexibly and innovatively to the needs and aspirations of the regional alliances.

View the Lead Agency Negotiator role description


Role of the Regional Alliances


Lead Negotiator Regional Alliance

Regional alliances may also choose to nominate a lead negotiator to represent them in the Accord process to broker responses to priority issues.

Regional alliance negotiation panel

Regional alliances may also choose to nominate a negotiation panel to represent them in the Accord process and will have the delegation to negotiate Accord commitments on behalf of their Board.

Role of the Independent Facilitator

The Independent Facilitator facilitates the Accord negotiations and ensures that the Accord process is fair, equitable and timely. He or she will also assure that negotiation protocols and principles are understood by the parties and are adhered to during the negotiation process.

The appointment of an Independent Facilitator must be approved by the Lead Negotiators for the NSW Government and Regional Alliance, and Aboriginal Affairs as the overall coordinator for Local Decision Making.

View the Independant Facilitator position package

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