Have your say about a National Indigenous Representative Body - Submission WS08


Cecil See

Objectives and principles

  1. Are there objectives or principles (not identified in the community guide paper) that should guide the national representative body?
  • To ensure equitable distribution of resources to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Roles and functions

  1. Are there roles and functions (not identified in the community guide paper) that the national representative body should perform?
  • Auditing Govt and agencies service delivery
  • Full Participation and involvement , such in Coronial and Royal commissions, Govt. and/or Parliamentary inquiries. Including decision making and voting rights on

Representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities

  1. How should the national representative body be informed by developments at the local and regional levels?
  • Should it include regional representative mechanisms as part of its structure? If so, how would they operate?
  • Structured Regional forums’i.e. targeted issues
  • What other mechanisms should or could the representative body use to engage at a regional and local level?
  • Use the major/Peak organisations Structures forums’ i.e. medical =AMS, education = AECG, Land rights = Land councils
  1. How should the national representative body engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at a state/territory level?


  1. How should the national representative body provide a voice to Torres Strait Islanders, including those living on the mainland?
  • Have their own regional reps who than elect two ,one from the Island and the other from mainland, This will give Torres Strait Islanders two(2) reps on the national body
  • Those on the mainland have a chance to vote either in their own regional rep or the mainland election. Not Both
  1. What mechanisms should the national representative body use to ensure that traditionally marginalised groups (such as people with disabilities, members of the stolen generations and young people) have a say in the new body?
  • If you follow the Nolan principals the body should have the ability to represent the best interest of disadvantage and marginalised people.
  • Again at regional forums that target issues such as these and through invites to interest groups.

Structure of the National Representative body

  1. How should the members of the national representative body be selected? Should it be by election or delegation, or a combination of these? Please explain or draw how your preferred model would operate.


This should be a combination of community and Organisation nomination/election. The local community’s people in a defined region elect 10 members to a regional council, and 3 peak organisations , AMS, Regional land council and AECG, elect one each to this regional council. The regional council than elects 1 person to the national body, this person must not be the chairperson of the regional body.

  • This should be a 2 fold election.
  • One from the general community and the other from the peak body .The 3 peak bodies should be Aboriginal medical services, Aboriginal Land Council and Aboriginal Education Cumulative Group. The Torres Strait Islanders would have similar bodies.
  • It is up to the Peak body to elect their own members through their own process ( no cost to national body) and to forward the name of their rep to regional , provincial .The elected can be the same 3 to each level or new people to each level.
  • Torres Strait Islanders should have 2 regional bodies , one Islands and the other mainland these in tern elect 2 to the provincial and one to National. The elected can be the same 2 to each level or new people to each level.
  • Chairman does not have a vote , accept when in a tie where they than have the deciding vote only
Locals x  10-15   Regional x 12 x provincial 15 x 1 national   lx15= Rx 12 = Px 15 x N 1
Local communities(Make up a region) 10-15   Peak  Organisations  x3 
(one regional rep to sit on region)
Regional Body
(6 regions = 1 provincial)
12 = 17 3 2
Provincial body
15 provincials
15 = 20 3 2
National  Body 15 = 19 on regional body 3 1


    1. What skills and experience should candidates for positions on the national body possess? What processes should be used to determine whether a candidate has these skills and is appropriate to be selected?
    • Merit based
    • Be semi –professional people with at least year 12 and or equivalent level of education.
    • Or can prove Life long experience in Aboriginal activism/politics.
    • Process must include a CV and resume, criminal records and prohibited person’s checks on application. Time for the communities to scrutinise these before the election i.e. one month.
    • This selection process can either be done by the electoral office or agency.

    Relationship with government and the Parliament

    1. How should the national representative body be established? What relationship should it have with government and the Parliament? What potential limitations and constraints may result from the body being established and operating in a particular way
    • Statutory authority.


    1. How should the national representative body be funded to ensure that it is sustainable?
    • Through a combination , the Govt, via Aboriginal targeted funds (not mention below) that are untied, by bodies such as ILC and a percentage of mining and pastoral leases
    • State based taxes such as fishing, gambling and carbon.
    • Social and Civil unalienable rights must be provided by the mainstream agencies such as health and housing, education. These can monitored by the National body.


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