FDIO Newsletter
March 2016


Last week, the Supreme Court of WA handed down its judgment in the case of Sandy v Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC [No 2] [2016] WASC 75 (YAC Case).

The YAC Case raises a number of crucial points that all Aboriginal corporations should be aware of.  Most importantly, the YAC Case should serve as a reminder of why corporations need to follow their Rulebook and the provisions of the CATSI Act.  Adopting good governance measures and sticking to the rules is the best strategy for preventing costly and time consuming court proceedings.

For more information, please go to the Jackson McDonald e-alert at this link.

Applications are open for the 2016 Indigenous Governance Awards, publicly recognising and celebrating outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations and projects that make extraordinary contributions to communities and the nation.
Sponsored by Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton.

Applications or recommendations for the 2016 Indigenous Governance Awards can be made online at or by calling 02 6273 9200.
Applications close Friday 20 May 2016.
Indigenous Governance Program - Australian Institute of Company Directors

If you are a director of an Indigenous organisation and are interested in developing your governance skills, go to this link and find out more about the AICD program.


Karratha Seminar - Related Party Benefits

Thursday 28 April 2016 at 10am, Karratha Leisureplex

Pilbara-based members are encouraged to join our seminar on Related Party Benefits and learn more about the rules and how to comply with them.  The Seminar will be presented by Danielle Lee and Alana Bernstein of Jackson McDonald and will allow plenty of time to answer all your related party benefit questions.  Lunch is provided.

See this link for more details or to book your place ...

Next Seminar - Succession Planning

May 2016

Don't lose the knowledge! 
Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing internal people with the potential to fill key leadership positions in your organisation. 

We are putting together a panel of to discuss the importance of succession planning for an organisation to survive and thrive long into the future, with a particular focus on the issues facing Indigenous organisations.

Register your interest or suggestions for presenters by emailing Tahnee Davies on 


Roundtable Discussion - Related Party Benefits

24 February 2016
We had a lively and interesting discussion at our first FDIO Roundtable event for the year.  With over 25 participants, including Arthur Hyde from ORIC, the conversation covered the obligations, pitfalls, compliance and some personal experiences regarding the CATSI Act rules on related party benefits.

TOP TIPS and a summary of the Discussion can be found here.
FDIO is currently advertising the following vacancies on behalf of our members (see relevant links):
This is a free service and will spread the word out to our network of over 300 Indigenous-owned businesses, corporations, trusts and their corporate partners. 

To advertise a vacancy, email:

FDIO is a not-for-profit organisation which relies on sponsorship to achieve its objectives.  
Please contact FDIO Executive Officer, Tahnee Davies on (08) 9426 6689 or if you are interested in supporting FDIO in 2016.

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