FDIO Newsletter
May 2016


Greetings from the FDIO Executive Officer, Tahnee Davies

A big welcome to our valued long-term and growing number of new members.  

In this month's Transparent newsletter, we have details of what's coming up in the governance space for our members in WA, including the next FDIO Seminar on Succession Planning for Aboriginal Organisations to be held on Wednesday, 25 May. The next day, the Governance Institute of Australia is holding its Corporate Governance Forum. Regional members take note - these two events provide an opportunity to come to Perth and dive into governance discussions with a huge number of organisations dealing with the same governance issues as you! And in early June, AIATSIS is holding its annual National Native Title Conference in Darwin, entitled "
'strong culture, strong country, strong future'. A bumper month of activities...
FDIO is introducing a new pre-qualification secretariat service and we have provided some details in this newsletter - please contact me if you would like to know more.  We received some fantastic feedback from our Seminar in Karratha last month.  Once we reach our 2016 Sponsorship Target, we will be expanding the seminar program to other regional areas on a regular basis. We've also profiled one of our member organisations, Indigenous Community Volunteers, which is engaging with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around Australia to develop community development activities with long-term social and economic impacts.

Sit back and enjoy the read!



Wednesday, 25 May 2016 at 5.30pm (Perth)

Don't lose the knowledge!

Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing internal people with the potential to fill future key leadership positions in your organisation. 

Tom Meagher of Murfett Legal and Alex Davis of Nexia will discuss the importance of succession planning for an organisation to survive and thrive long into the future, using case studies and offering practical solutions with a particular focus on the issues facing Indigenous and family organisations.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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

Thursday, 26 May 2016 
8:30am to 6:00pm
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Register for the Corporate Governance Forum to find out about the latest governance and corporate accountability issues and receive cutting-edge solutions and strategies.

This one-day conference presents a variety of key issues surrounding the changing governance landscape in Australia and provides insights as to how companies are responding to the challenges.
This is your opportunity to get the tools and knowledge to improve your organisation’s performance.
Go to this link for more information.


The National Native Title Conference 2016 'strong culture, strong country, strong future' will be co-convened by AIATSIS and the Northern Land Council (NLC), hosted by the Larrakia people, in Darwin, NT from Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 June 2016.

The conference seeks to highlight the challenges and opportunities of native title in the broader context of Indigenous people’s aspirations for their lands, waters and their communities. The conference aims to promote public debate, build networks, foster knowledge sharing between native title holders and other parties.
Go to this link for more details.

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.


FDIO Karratha Seminar - Related Party Benefits

Held on Thursday 28 April 2016
20 members from several Pilbara based Aboriginal Corporations and Perth professional firms attended our seminar in Karratha last week on Related Party Benefits to learn more about the CATSI Act rules and how to comply with them.

It was a wide-ranging and robust discussion covering standing approvals, community communication, managing conflicts of interest and cultural and legal obligations.  

The feedback from the participants was fantastic, with comments including:
"Discussion and presentation very down to earth, and I was surprised that we were not blinded with legal conundrums."
"(I most enjoyed) the inclusion of many Aboriginal Corporation Board members. Cross dialogue between Directors. Access to broad and professional information base. Clarity of information provided. Respectful narrative towards Aboriginal directors."
"Very relevant to our organisation's current issues."

The presenters had a great time, too!  We hope this will be the first of many FDIO seminars delivered in regional and remote parts of WA.

Thank you to Patrick Churnside for his moving Welcome to Country and to  Danielle Lee and Luke Paterson of Jackson McDonald for their excellent presentation and discussion.


TOP TIPS and a summary of the Discussion can be found here.



As you know, FDIO encourages its members to advertise vacancies for directors and officers of Indigenous organisations and trusts, on the FDIO website, free of charge.

In 2016, FDIO is introducing a NEW SERVICE to assist Indigenous organisations in other ways (for a small fee) with the important task of recruiting Board directors.

If you're interested in finding out more on this service, please go to this link or contact Tahnee Davies on (08) 9426 6689.

Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC)

If you are a director or a member of an Indigenous corporation and are not sure of some of the rules, rights and obligations under the CATSI Act, you can go to this link to the ORIC website and access information on some simple fact sheets.  

Some of the fact sheets are about:

- Related Party Benefits
- A corporation rule book: what you need to know
- Reporting requirements
- Registration of members and members rights
- Complaints and Dispute resolution

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 extensive network of Indigenous-owned businesses, corporations, trusts and their corporate partners. 

To advertise a vacancy, email:

Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) is a non-profit community development organisation working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationally on 100% community-driven projects.

Community invitation and participation are core to the ICV business model. Communities invite ICV to partner with them on wide-ranging development initiatives they identify and drive. ICV then works with communities to map their assets and strengths. This participation empowers people to achieve local goals and sustainable change.

ICV connects communities with its national network of skilled volunteers from backgrounds as diverse as child care, IT, manufacturing, law and medicine. ICV volunteers work in partnership with communities to strengthen their efforts.

Because of ICV, thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people benefited last year from employment, training, education and health programs that generated real jobs and supported young people at school.

ICV engaged with over 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities nationally in 2014-15, placing 438 volunteers to help develop community development activities with long-term social and economic impacts.

ICV success is celebrated in the current #ICVworks social media campaign through a video by campaign champion Ernie Dingo produced by BushTV. 

Last year an independent review of the  ICV model by KPMG showed that how ICV works leads to long-term economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by:

  • empowering local people
  • working at the invitation of community, and
  • building long-term partnerships.


By invitation only      100% Community driven     Hands on Help

This is good news for ICV community, corporate and government partners serious about closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.  

You can support ICV by liking and sharing ICV success stories showing the ICV model of community-driven development clearly works to close the gap - #ICVworks, #ctg10.

For more information about ICV or to make a tax-deductible donation please visit their website or contact Louis Warren (FDIO member and ICV General Manager Community Development) on or 0427 644 009.



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.

For more information about FDIO visit or email us at 

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