What would your local footy team be like if it had a great coach but no players? Or your players didn’t know which position to play on the field, and the captain and coach were fighting on the sidelines?


If a footy team practices hard, develops its skills, knows the rules of the game, and works as a team – and if the coach and captain communicate well and have a strategic game plan – then it has a better chance of winning the game.


It is the same for any organisation.


An organisation is only as good as its employees—the managers and staff members—and its ‘internal culture’ that encourages them to work together and with the governing body to get things done for the organisation’s members.


This set of internal relationships is one of the most problematic for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.


Today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around the country are working to revitalise their organisations, and tackling fundamental questions such as:


  • What kind of management do we need?
  • How should the top manager and the governing body work together?
  • How can all our staff contribute to effective, legitimate governance?
  • How can we support managers and staff to help us meet the challenges of our rapidly changing environment?

Indigenous Governance Toolkit

Our Toolkit is a free online resource developed to support Indigenous communities and organisations to strengthen their governance practices. It offers a comprehensive collection of practical information, tools, templates, case studies and videos.


7.0 Management and staff


7.1 Managing the organisation


7.2 The governing body and management


7.3 Managing staff


7.4 Staff development and training


7.5 Case Studies

Other resources


Management – obtaining, coordinating, managing and using resources (human, financial, natural, technical and cultural) for the purpose of accomplishing a goal that is beyond the scope of individual effort.


Management should be carried out in accordance with set policies, rules and plans. It can also refer to the people who manage or ‘handle’ this task.


Skills – transferable abilities that are developed through experience, learning and/or training—in other words, the know-how needed to complete tasks, solve problems and perform a job.


See our Glossary for more definitions of governance-related terminology.

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