Goulburn Murray Regional Prosperity Plan
(Launched 15th July 2021)
The Plan has a vision to build a thriving First Nations economy that will generate new income, opportunities and shared prosperity for the benefit of everyone in the region. Both the First Nations and the broader regional communities have guided this new, nation-leading approach, which was designed from the ground up: in the region, by the region, for the region. We take a new and positive investment-based approach for generating and sharing prosperity and value. By achieving parity between First Nations and the broader non-Indigenous people, productivity increases, costs reduce and everyone in the region benefits. This new investment-based approach to First Nations parity will deliver a measurable economic return on investment to the region, which Deloitte Access Economics calculated at $150 million per annum when fully implemented over 15 years. First Nations economic inclusion will also create social and cultural value for everyone in the region.
Click below to see a short video on the plan or to download a copy of the Goulburn Murray Regional Prosperity Plan 2021
Algabonyah Business Development Unit
The Algabonyah Business Development Unit (ABDU) incubates an environment that encourages entrepreneurs, the development of enterprises and employment opportunities to strengthen local and regional GM Aboriginal prosperity. The ABDU works closely with the RFNC Aboriginal Employment Program (AEP) to broker employment and business opportunities and pathways. This work also includes working with business stakeholders on Algabonyah Business Accords (ABA) and Memorandums of Understanding (MOU). After three years the ABDU is working towards a 3-year strategy in the larger regional prosperity plan which aims to not only improve Aboriginal parity but increase regional productivity and local economies in the Goulburn Murray region.
Dungala Kaiela Oration
The Dungala Kaiela Oration is an annual event co-hosted by the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne. The orations have rolling themes examining culture, climate change, economics and regional development, legal issues, health and society. The aim of the oration is to celebrate Aboriginal cultural identity, create a shared vision for the people of the greater Goulburn Murray region, and build bridges to promote Aboriginal social and economic development.
Details and recordings of previous orations are shown on this website.
Algabonyah Data and Research Unit
The unit aims to achieve data sovereignty and ensure measures and evaluations of prosperity and progress of the community are led, managed and controlled by our First Nations community itself. The power and authority over the design, ownership, access to and use of data is a key step in an evidence-based decision making process that will be critical to the community to empower them to control its own future and secure positive long-lasting outcomes.
The Unit has developed a Data Governance Framework in conjunction with the University of Melbourne. This framework is to provide the mechanisms for Indigenous communities in the Goulburn Murray Region to manage, control, protect and honour their information both externally and internally. The Unit considers the OCAP® principles, developed by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) in Canada, to be a good template for embedding Indigenous Data Sovereignty into data governance. These principles govern how First Nations’ data should be collected, protected, used or shared, noting that First Nations people have ultimate ownership, and thus ultimate say, in how any information is used.
Munarra Centre for Regional Excellence
The Munarra Centre for Regional Excellence will be a national, state-of-the-art centre designed as a hub of connection and transformation for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across Australia.
Munarra will provide a home for an expanded Academy for Sports Health and Education as well as the community infrastructure required to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal people in the Goulburn Murray region. It will embed Aboriginal culture across all curriculum and programs, positioning Indigenous knowledge transfer and cultural exchange in striving for excellence in sports, health sciences and education.
It is a collaboration between the Kaiela Institute, Rumbalara Football Netball Club and the University of Melbourne with funding and support from the Victorian Government and the Greater Shepparton City Council.
Empowered Communities is a proposal for an Indigenous Empowerment agenda. We are working with leaders from ten other regions across Australia together with government and corporate Australia to reform how Indigenous policies and programs are designed and delivered.
We believe there needs to be a fundamental shift away from the traditional social policy framework in which Indigenous affairs has been conducted, to a comprehensive Indigenous Empowerment agenda. We are focused on a place-based framework of change to demonstrate the value of First Nations people to the region. This is a long-term reform that requires a new partnership of Indigenous leaders, governments, corporate leaders and citizens in order to succeed, with all partners prepared to play their roles in a different way.
In the Goulburn Murray region, this new way of thinking has been behind all our innovative range of initiatives and projects as we seek to
- Improve the engagement and influence of the First Nations community in regional decision making
- Increase First Nations people's access to and financial participation in the broader economy
- Strengthen and promote the value and contribution of First Nations identity and culture in the region