NRAA is the regional Aboriginal body who will drive the process allowing Aboriginal people greater control in decision making in our local area.

Background

NRAA had been developed in response to the NSW Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Strategic Plan OCHRE: Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment. OCHRE has four funded program areas that work towards its objectives: Opportunity Hubs, Connected Communities, Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests, and Local Decision Making. NRAA is the regional Aboriginal body to progress the Local Decision Making, or LDM, program in the Northern Region.

 

Prior to the development of NRAA, Aboriginal Affairs called for an Expression of Interest from NSW Aboriginal communities to identify which regions had capacity and motivation to progress Local Decision Making. Following community consultations held in Tamworth on Tuesday the 17th of September 2013, an Expression of Interest was lodged, originally under the name of Northern Region Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations (NRCAPO). Following the success of the EOI, further consultation led to a name change from NRCAPO to the final version, Northern Region Aboriginal Alliance, or NRAA.

 

NRAA was established drawing its membership from regionally based representatives of Incorporated Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. These organisations are considered to be the peak body’s representative of Aboriginal interests from across the Northern Region.

 

The communities within the geographical boundaries of the region are quite diverse. NRAA have committed to consulting broadly with communities across the region to shape and form Local Decision Making structures. Local Decision Making (LDM) and the Accords are explained at the end of Section A.

 

NRAA believe that the boundaries of the New South Wales Land Council Northern Region and associated Local Government Areas are appropriate.

Purpose

The purpose of NRAA is to achieve positive and sustained outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Northern Region though committed and collaborative engagement, decision-making and action between community members, organisations and Government. In order to achieve this NRAA will:

 

  • Develop & strengthen links between all stakeholders & Aboriginal Communities across the region

  • Respect Intellectual Property Rights in relation to Cultural Protocols between all stakeholders & Aboriginal Communities across the region

  • Increase economic development and funding opportunities

  • Generate professional opportunities in Aboriginal communities across the region

  • Ensure Aboriginal community aspirations remain central to achieving better outcomes for all Aboriginal people of the Northern Region

  • Determine Northern Regional priorities

  • Advocate on behalf of the Aboriginal people and communities in the NRAA boundary areas with the Australian, NSW and Local Government bodies in the implementation of service delivery, projects and programs that align with Accord priorities

  • Report to Aboriginal people and communities on the operations of NRAA, Australian, NSW and Local Government, non-government agencies and local organisations.

  • Monitor the implementation, effectiveness and direction of programs and services delivered by Government and non-government agencies for Aboriginal people living in the Northern Region

  • Contribute to the co-ordination of the activities of Australian, NSW and Local Government bodies that affect Aboriginal people living in the Northern Region

  • Report on the achievement of outcomes

  • Respect, maintain and recognise the special and unique customs and beliefs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in the Northern Region

  • Formulate and revise the agreed Accords between NRAA and the Government to improve the economic, social, and cultural status of Aboriginal people and communities of the Northern Region

  • Link community outcomes to the improvement of communities with a focus on individual capabilities and family security

  • Increase the Government’s own capacity to respond to the interests of Aboriginal people

  • Secure government funding through partnerships and networks

  • Ensure that “whole of government” responses are managed through all Aboriginal institutions; and

  • Promote the efficient and effective delivery of services by all levels of Government working together.

 

Through strong leadership, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations implement an informed and inclusive consultation process that will give a voice to the whole of the Aboriginal community within the boundary of NRAA to either highlight issues or influence change in services for the betterment of the community.

Our Vision

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