Department of Health

Community leadership - A key to Aboriginal self-determination

  • 20 December 2017
  • Duration: 2:14
  • [Instrumental music plays in the background over opening titles and fades out]

    [Opening title card: Victoria State Government]

    [Second title card: 'Aboriginal self-determination seminars 2016'] ]

    [Third title card : 'Community leadership - A key to Aboriginal self-determination]

    Male narrator WAYNE MUIR: I remember working at a university once where the particular university had no presence of Aboriginal people in their business group.. none! I went to them with a proposal that we train and develop CEOs in community organisations and public services in managerial positions, to help them better be able to do the job they're doing and to grow their careers further. I can say the vast majority of CEOs across Victoria came to us because we built the model. The university had the trust in us for us to build the model. We built the model and of the model, and the participants of this we had a 99 percent success rate in tertiary management qualification completion. But it does require you saying "here's a bit of a framework, here's some information, what's the end objective?".. whatever that end objective is, but stop being micro-managers!. Get out of the way!

    [Onscreen, animation entitled: 'Wayne Muir - CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service']

    Female Narrator LARISSA BEHRENDT: So there's an enormous amount of trust that has to be given to communities. Generally there's often the perception that the failure within Indigenous policy is the result of Indigenous mismanagement and Indigenous inability to be leaders in these areas. But what I would argue if you look at the research, particularly around self-determination , is that handing more ability over to communities to make those decisions can give surprising results.

    [Onscreen, animation entitled: 'Director of Research, Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Indigenous Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney']

    Female Narrator MURIEL BAMBLETT: Four key factors that have a positive impact on economic development, and they were sovereignty, effective governance and institutions, but also importantly culture and leadership. But not many people talk about culture and leadership, but I believe that if Indigenous people have jurisdiction and sovereignty over major decisions such as resource allocations, that project funding and development strategy that they will, and they do, consistently out-perform others.

    [Onscreen, animation entitled: 'Professor Muriel Bamblett - CEO of Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency']

    [Instrumental music fades in over the closing titles]

    [Closing title card: 'Aboriginal self-determination seminars 2016']

    [Second closing title card: Victoria State Government]

    [Third closing title card: Authorised by the Department of Health & Huma Services. 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne]

Every community needs good leaders with vision, power and influence. This video shows that, for Victorian Aboriginal communities, more needs to be done to develop and support Aboriginal community leaders, and to trust them to lead decisions around the health, wellbeing and safety needs of their communities.

Reviewed 20 December 2017


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