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New agreement to deliver governance programs for Indigenous organisations

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Agricultural Management Company  and the Australian Institute of Company Directors have signed an Agreement to deliver governance and leadership training to Indigenous owned organisations in regional Australia through the Indigenous Governance Program.

Recognising the potential synergies between the Indigenous Governance Program and his company's expertise in providing agricultural management and consultancy services to Indigenous owned organisations, Agricultural Management Company Managing Director, Charlie Blomfield approached the Australian Institute of Company Directors with a partnership proposal in early 2010.

Agricultural Management Company has a strong track record in the provision of management and consultancy services to largescale Indigenous organisations Australia wide. The Australian Institute of Company Directors was keen to reach out to these organisations with governance education opportunities.

“Our shared aim is to provide an all-inclusive enterprise development service to Indigenous organisations in regional Australia. The longstanding reputation and experience of both
organisations will contribute to developing the capacity of communities to organically increase regional Indigenous training and employment," says Blomfield.

“The benefits of our partnership will be twofold; firstly, through regional community development, and secondly, in developing and increasing the overall participation of Indigenous-owned organisations in regional Australia, particularly in the North Australian pastoral industry,” he adds.

Since the early 1970s, the Australian Federal and State governments have been purchasing privately owned land and returning certain Crown land to Indigenous communities. For example, the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 has transferred almost 50% of the land in the Northern Territory, around 600,000km2, to collective Indigenous ownership.

“The driving factor for this training is that many of these communities are very eager to be involved in the governance of their land,” says Blomfield.

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