Review of Local Decision Making
The Local Decision Making (LDM) initiative under OCHRE, is in its tenth year of working with Aboriginal communities across NSW. With this
milestone in mind, Aboriginal Affairs NSW (AANSW) took the opportunity to independently review the initiative. The Review looked at the
strengths of LDM and the opportunities for improving its capacity to meet its objectives and deliver on its potential. The Review also
mapped current AANSW policies against the ongoing Closing the Gap (CtG) priority Reforms and Targets. The Review will be used to inform
actions taken to strengthen and improve LDM.
The Review consisted of two parts, with separate independent consultants engaged to develop the following documents:
This element of the Review looked at published and unpublished literature relevant to LDM to provide an outline of how LDM can inform, and
evolve with, other initiatives and emerging policy settings, including CtG and the Voice. This review was undertaken as part of the
process of building a body of evidence to underpin the strengthening of the LDM model, and identify opportunities for structural
transformation within LDM.
The Literature Review made several recommendations, noting that the design of LDM is strongly aligned with advancing self-determination for
Aboriginal communities. Evidence is increasingly pointing to self-determination as key to achieving positive outcomes for Aboriginal
The report also identified focus areas for strengthening the implementation of LDM, including building capacity of both government and
regional alliances to understand and apply LDM processes.
The second part of the Review undertook a strategic mapping exercise to demonstrate the alignment of outcomes between OCHRE – especially
Accords negotiated by Aboriginal Regional Alliances - and the priority reforms and targets under CtG.
The strategic mapping clearly demonstrates that LDM Accords closely align with CtG socio and economic targets and priority reforms. Joint
delivery of the outcomes committed to in Accords will support the delivery of CtG in NSW. A PowerPoint presentation summarises strategic
mapping work undertaken.
This Review, along with other evaluations of LDM, validates the approach the initiative has taken to government engagement with Aboriginal
communities. Importantly, it makes clear that LDM complements other work being done by the NSW Government under the CtG priority reforms and
socio-economic targets, continuing to transform and strengthen the relationship between the NSW Government and Aboriginal people in NSW.