Past projects


2017 Innovating to Succeed Forum

In March 2017 we held our 'Innovating to Succeed' Forum in Alice Springs. The day was opened by the Chief Minister the Hon Michael Gunner MLA, followed by a keynote address from the AIGI national governance award winners Western Desert Dialysis. We also heard case studies on a range of topics from transitioning CEOs to board structures and independent directors from many high achievers in the industry, among them the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation. 

The event was a rare chance for directors and senior managers from Aboriginal organisations from across the NT to come together and talk governance with other key industry stakeholders including members of parliament, government agency representatives and others key groups in the sector. The day received plenty of great media coverage including from the Central Land Council Land Rights NewsNorthern Land Council Lands Rights News and the Centralian Advocate and coverage via SBS Living Black radio. Full case studies and details are in the 2017 Forum Report.

2015 In the Hot Seat CEO Forum

In 2015 we hosted our In the Hot Seat CEO Forum in Darwin and opened by the former NT Chief Minister, the Hon Adam Giles MLA. This day featured Aboriginal keynote speakers, practical management discussion groups and was a key opportunity for geographically isolated CEOs of NT Aboriginal organisations to come together and learn from each other. Read more in the 2015 Forum Report.


In 2014 and 2015 we held regional workshops in Alice Springs, DarwinJabiruKatherine, Tennant Creek and Yirrkala. 162 directors and senior staff members of 59 different NT Aboriginal organisations and groups attended across the course of the workshops. Each workshop focused on key governance and management themes and included guest presenters and group discussions. The workshops were great opportunities for directors, staff and emerging young leaders to network, learn from, and inspire each other. Read more in the workshop reports:

CEO network

In bi-monthly teleconferences hosted by us, CEOs and senior managers met to discuss key industry challenges and innovations. Guest presenters shared their knowledge and expertise on topical governance and management themes.

Demonstration sites

In 2014-16 we began a trial of providing tailored  support for up to 12 months to a number of Aboriginal organisations across the NT which had put up their hand to receive support. Directors and senior staff identified their priority governance and management needs and we worked with them to address these needs. While there, we conducted action-research to help demonstrate change and strong ways of working. The demonstration site organisation we supported were:

  • Yuendumu Women's Centre (Central)
  • Demed Association (Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land)
  • Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation (Borroloola, Roper Gulf)
  • Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation (Utopia Homelands, Barkly).


In 2014 we completed a survey on the strengths, needs and other characteristics of NT Aboriginal organisations. Results of key survey questions are available here.

Research on organisational best practice, governance models, networks and other structures is available in a major report here.