ORIC yearbook 2014–15: Performance reporting | Training

See ORIC yearbook 2014–15 table of contents


In 2014–15 ORIC provided corporate governance training to 886 people from 169 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations, organisations and new groups.

The Registrar also developed a new corporate governance workshop designed specifically for corporations in the native title sector. The workshop was trialled by 22 people from one native title body on Badu Island in the Torres Strait.

Ninety per cent of people who attended reported a significant or very significant increase in corporate governance knowledge after completing the training.

The Registrar’s training programs are designed to increase corporate governance knowledge, skills, efficiency and accountability within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations.

Hand pointing at water tank activity.

Facilitator Benny Hodges explaining the water tank activity to Sammy Lyons and Thomas Holder, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Media (Aboriginal Corporation).

Training calendar

In May each year the Registrar publishes an online calendar of Introduction to Corporate Governance (ICG) workshops and accredited training courses for the following financial year. It includes proposed dates and locations for courses. The calendar is updated regularly in case of changes.

Types of training courses and workshops

Eligible applicants can apply to ORIC for corporate governance training through residential courses (part of ORIC’s Managing in Two Worlds program) and/or through workshops delivered in the community through ORIC’s corporation-specific programs.

The Managing in Two Worlds program includes:

  • ICG workshops held over three days
  • Certificate IV in Business (Governance) delivered in four one-week blocks
  • Diploma of Business (Governance) delivered in five one-week blocks.

Corporation-specific training (CST) is delivered to individual corporations that have requested training especially tailored to their particular needs and circumstances.

CST workshops are usually held at a corporation’s premises or within the community. The training is delivered over one or two days. The range of CST workshops includes:

  • pre-incorporation doorway (including transfers and amalgamations): provides information on the CATSI Act requirements and processes for an organisation to become incorporated under the CATSI Act
  • rule book design and re-design: helps corporations and new groups looking to register to develop a rule book under the CATSI Act
  • support and mentoring: provides support and practical information in running a corporation, including post-special administration training to prevent the problems that led to the special administration in the first place
  • Building Strong Stores (BSS): is a two-day program designed specifically for corporations that manage a community store
  • native title: corporations in the native title sector face particular challenges and complex issues. During the year ORIC developed a new corporation-specific training workshop designed specifically for native title corporations. A trial was held in September 2014 with 22 participants. From the trial ORIC made a number of changes and refinements to the workshop.

Overall training delivered

In 2014–15 ORIC exceeded its training targets for both the number of participants and corporations.

Table 13: Overall training delivered 2014-15
  Estimate Actual
Number of participants 750 886
Number of corporations 120 169
Participants that reported a significant or very significant increase in corporate governance knowledge 90% 90%

Note: Overall statistics are based on single counts of participants and corporations.

Figure 13: Training workshops and courses by state/territory 2014–15

Figure 13 is a pie chart that depicts training workshops and courses by state/territory in 2014-15. The ACT had 1, New South Wales had 19, the NT had 11, Queensland had 17, South Australia had 3, Tasmania had 2, Victoria had 3 and WA had 30.

Case study: Coming together for training

In April 2015 directors and staff from the following three different corporations came together for two days of corporate governance training:

  • Gangalidda and Garawa Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
  • Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Gulf Region Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

The 22 participants travelled to Cairns from Doomadgee, Burketown, Mornington Island and the Northern Territory.

There was a high level of participation and the workshop was modified to meet the varying skill levels, experience and age of the participants.

There were lots of questions about PBC issues, but the use of practical and real-life examples helped participants to feel confident about implementing their new knowledge and understanding back at their corporations.

The participants have now set their sights on the ICG workshop for more training.

‘The workshop went really well. All participants were keen to contribute ideas and get involved in discussions,’

said Jennifer Reuben, ORIC’s Cairns regional officer.

Introduction to Corporate Governance (ICG)

ICG workshops explain key concepts and principles of good corporate governance to members and staff of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations. Participants need to complete an ICG workshop before they can gain entry to the accredited Certificate IV in Business (Governance).

ORIC delivered nine ICG workshops across Australia in 2014–15. A total of 237 people, representing 93 corporations, participated.

Table 14: ICG workshops 2014–15
Date Location Number of participants Number of corporations
Jul 2014 Coober Pedy, SA 23 6
Aug 2014 Yulara, NT 24 11
Sept 2014 Bundaberg, Qld 19 12
Oct 2014 Kununurra, WA 19 8
Dec 2014 Tamworth, NSW 28 9
Feb 2015 Carnarvon, WA 21 8
Apr 2015 Katherine, NT 50 15
May 2015 Kalgoorlie, WA 33 10
Jun 2015 Gladstone, Qld 20 14
Total   237 93

Certificate IV in Business (Governance)

The Certificate IV in Business (Governance) is part of a national accredited training package developed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who wish to improve their corporate governance and management skills. The objective is for potential and existing directors to attain key competencies and accreditation.

ORIC ran one Certificate IV in Business (Governance) course in 2014–15 which was held in Brisbane. The course drew participants from Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Fourteen students started the course and all graduated.

Date Location Number of students graduated Number of corporations
Table 15: Certificate IV in Business (Governance) 2014–15
Block 1: 20–24 Oct 2014 Brisbane, Qld 14 13
Block 2: 1–6 Dec 2014      
Block 3: 9–13 Feb 2015      
Block 4: 16–20 Mar 2015      

Case study: Certificate IV in Business (Governance)

In October 2014, students who had enrolled in ORIC’s business governance course arrived in Brisbane for the first of four one-week residential study blocks. Drawn from different corporations from across Australia the students might have been a little nervous but they were also motivated. Some had travelled long distances—for example, from the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The students responded well to the face-to-face tuition which was conducted over 20 days. In between study blocks they returned home to work on set assignments and assessments.

All 14 students who started the course finished it. On 20 March 2015 a graduation ceremony was hosted by the Registrar at the Novotel Brisbane with a number of guests, including the federal member for Brisbane, the Hon. Teresa Gambaro MP, and the Hon. Shayne Neumann, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and federal member for Blair.

 14 students, Registrar,Teresa Gambaro MP, Shayne Neumann

Certificate IV in Business (Governance) graduation in Brisbane.

Diploma of Business (Governance)

The Diploma of Business (Governance) builds on competencies already acquired in the Certificate IV in Business (Governance).

A diploma course commenced in June 2015 with 14 students. It will be run over five one-week blocks and completed in November 2015.

Corporation-specific training (CST)

In 2014–15 ORIC delivered 75 separate CST workshops for 92 different corporations and groups. Altogether 629 participants attended the workshops. The governance topic most often requested and consequently delivered at the workshops was ‘the roles, responsibilities and legal duties of directors’.

The most workshops (36 per cent) were conducted in Western Australia, followed by New South Wales (24 per cent) and Queensland (19 per cent).

Table 16: Corporation-specific training workshops delivered 2014–15




Number of participants

Number of corporations

 Jul 2014  Latrobe  Tas  4  1
Jul 2014 Halls Creek WA 10 2
Jul 2014 Bunbury WA 6 1
Jul 2014 Newman WA 6 1
Jul 2014 Alice Springs NT 8 1
Jul 2014 Derby WA 6 1
Jul 2014 Gin Gin Qld 8 1
Jul 2014 Eisvold Qld 6 1
Jul 2014 Purga Qld 8 1
Jul 2014 Maningrida NT 6 1
Jul 2014 Mount Barnett WA 4 1
Jul 2014 Derby WA 10 1
Jul 2014 Narrabri NSW 6 1
Aug 2014 Geraldton WA 10 1
Aug 2014 Watanobbi NSW 7 1
Aug 2014 Katherine NT 8 1
Aug 2014 Narromine NSW 8 1
Aug 2014 Newman WA 9 1
Aug 2014 Darwin NT 4 1
Aug 2014 Mildura Vic 6 1
Aug 2014 Roebourne WA 8 2
Aug 2014 Warmun WA 6 1
Aug 2014 Normanton Qld 18 2
Sept 2014 Charters Towers Qld 6 1
Sept 2014 Badu Island Qld 22 1
Sept 2014 Bickerton Island NT 11 1
Oct 2014 Albany WA 10 1
Oct 2014 Byron Bay NSW 12 1
Oct 2014 Gunnedah NSW 15 1
Nov 2014 Melbourne Vic 4 1
Feb 2015 Canberra ACT 7 1
Feb 2015 South Hedland* WA 5 1
Feb2015 Broome WA 9 1
Feb 2015 Launceston Tas 8 1
Feb 2015 Yamba NSW 5 1
Feb 2015 Coraki NSW 5 1
Mar 2015 Tennant Creek NT 9 1
Mar 2015 Katoomba NSW 14 1
Mar 2015 Coolangatta Qld 8 1
Mar 2015 Ali Curung NT 16 1
Mar 2015 Port Macquarie NSW 6 1
Mar 2015 Mareeba Qld 3 1
Mar 2015 Raymond Terrace NSW 5 1
Mar 2015 Hervey Bay Qld 5 1
Mar 2015 Mutitjulu NT 6 1
Mar 2015 Kalumburu WA 21 4
Apr 2015 Mulan WA 14 3
Apr 2015 Badu Island Qld 13 1
Apr 2015 Ringer Soak WA 26 4
Apr 2015 Kempsey** NSW 3 1
Apr 2015 Cairns Qld 21 3
Apr 2015 Inverell** NSW 6 1
Apr 2015 Dubbo NSW 2 1
Apr 2015 Kununurra WA 5 1
Apr 2015 Doon Doon Community WA 5 2
Apr 2015 Halls Creek WA 8 4
Apr 2015 Glen Hill Station WA 6 1
Apr 2015 Kununurra WA 6 1
Apr 2015 Dubbo NSW 4 1
Apr 2015 Townsville Qld 6 1
Apr 2015 Townsville Qld 5 1
Apr 2015 Port Macquarie NSW 7 1
Apr 2015 Dubbo NSW 4 1
May 2015 Healesville* Vic 7 1
May 2015 Brisbane Qld 7 1
May 2015 Ceduna SA 6 1
May 2015 Albany* WA 7 1
May 2015 Ceduna SA 7 1
May 2015 Kalgoorlie* WA 10 1
May 2015 Beagle Bay WA 7 1
May 2015 Derby WA 7 1
May 2015 Port Macquarie NSW 8 1
May 2015 Ballina NSW 9 1
Jun 2015 Wingellina WA 14 1
Jun 2015 Karratha* WA 15 1
Total     629 92

Notes: * Pre-incorporation doorway workshops for a group looking to register a new

** Doorway workshop for an existing organisation looking to transfer registration.

Case study: CSTs—when ORIC comes to you

ORIC finds it a challenge each year to respond to the hundreds of requests from corporations for corporate governance training.

To reach as many corporation directors and officers as possible, and to maximise its coverage across Australia, ORIC has adjusted its training model. The Registrar was particularly concerned to assist corporations in remote areas—to build strong corporations, strong people and strong communities.

ORIC’s adaptable approach was exemplified in a training visit in April 2015 to the East Kimberley. Corporation specific training (CST) workshops were coordinated over a 10-day period and at the same time it was arranged that the following corporations received customised governance assistance:

Joseph Martin from Woolah Aboriginal Corporation commented that, ‘Since we’ve had this training we can do a lot more for our corporation and our community.’

Corporation specific training workshops


Over the year ORIC maintained training partnerships with:

  • State Government of Victoria
  • State Government of New South Wales
  • State Government of Western Australia
  • Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC).

Russell Styche standing next to a white board with writing about good governance on it.

ORIC’s Russell Styche delivering a CST workshop in Katherine, Northern Territory.

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