Frequently Asked Questions-Aarnja 2017-10-09T14:02:38+00:00

Frequently asked questions-Aarnja

Can I become a member of Aarnja?

Any person who agrees with what Aarnja wants to achieve and who is a Kimberley Aboriginal person can apply to be a member. If you have strong links to Kimberley Aboriginal people and you want to apply for membership – discuss it with us.

Will this bring more money to the Kimberley?

Fundamentally, this is not about putting more money in, it’s about getting better outcomes for the same money. A key objective is that, over time, our communities will be moving away from welfare towards responsibility, productivity, and enterprise. Our goal is not just that our communities survive – we want to see them thrive. And that will happen because we have more independence, not more welfare-dependence.

What does a backbone organisation do?

The main role of the backbones includes:

  • tracking performance
  • problem solving
  • breaking through blockages
  • making critical connections and
  • recommending course corrections or refining the approach as necessary.

One of the defining characteristics of Indigenous affairs is the gap between good intentions and delivery is wide. Backbone organisations help to keep things on track.

Aarnja Limited will manage and oversee a small dedicated team of professionals who will facilitate and administer planning and governance policies, processes and procedures.

So who delivers the services?

There are other organsiations that provide services – Aarnja is not replacing them. Aarnja supports organisations that are run by or guided by Aborignal people – people who understand the complex dynamics of the community, who will take responsibility for making needed changes to happen.

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