Guiding Principles

A set of 8 guid­ing prin­ci­ples has been resolved for the Strat­e­gy. All aspects of the strat­e­gy along with ALE­DA gov­er­nance, oper­a­tions and sys­tems will be dri­ven from these guid­ing prin­ci­ples. These reflect Abo­rig­i­nal aspi­ra­tions and glob­al­ly accept­ed best prac­tice use of prin­ci­ples in this space.

These are the state­ments of each prin­ci­ple accom­pa­nied by the logos that have been used through­out the NT-wide con­sul­ta­tion process.

1. Coun­try

Coun­try is the basis of Abo­rig­i­nal law and iden­ti­ty. Author­i­ty comes from Coun­try. It is cul­tur­al­ly impor­tant that any eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment activ­i­ty on Coun­try is done prop­er­ly. This means that any eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment activ­i­ty needs the con­sent of the TOs accord­ing to the usu­al process­es of the Abo­rig­i­nal Land Rights (NT) Act; that any eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment activ­i­ty hap­pens in accor­dance with TO wish­es; that it does not make it dif­fi­cult for TOs to access their Coun­try, or to use it for cer­e­mo­ni­al pur­pos­es; and that it does no dam­age to any sacred site.

The flag was used for this design because the strat­e­gy does not require giv­ing away any rights to, or own­er­ship of, Abo­rig­i­nal Coun­try. The strat­e­gy is about eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment on Abo­rig­i­nal Coun­try, so the yel­low cir­cle has black lines in it rep­re­sent­ing this.

2. Sus­tain­abil­i­ty

Coun­try is the foun­da­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal well­be­ing and the well­be­ing of all things. It is cul­tur­al­ly, eco­log­i­cal­ly and eco­nom­i­cal­ly impor­tant that the eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment of Coun­try not only does no harm but that the phys­i­cal envi­ron­ment is main­tained or improved by that activ­i­ty. All eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment activ­i­ty on Coun­try will be reg­u­lar­ly assessed using both Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal meth­ods to mea­sure change and deter­mine suit­able responses.

To tread light­ly (foot­print) on Coun­try (do no dam­age) requires knowl­edge of how to do that. The best of both Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Indige­nous knowl­edge must be used. Each must pay atten­tion to the oth­er, so there are white lines in the black foot and black lines in the white foot. The red back­ground rep­re­sents Country

3. Self-Deter­mi­na­tion

Abo­rig­i­nal-con­trolled eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment is the means to achieve true self-deter­mi­na­tion: the knowl­edge to make deci­sions and the pow­er to enact them. It is moral­ly impor­tant that all eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment on Coun­try sup­ports the strengths of both Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal sys­tems to work togeth­er to find the best solutions.

To be in con­trol requires all the infor­ma­tion. That infor­ma­tion has to make sense and an indi­vid­ual then needs the pow­er to act on it. The black hand on the red back­ground rep­re­sents Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in con­trol of what hap­pens on Coun­try. The white cir­cles are held in the black hand, because it is about Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple hav­ing access to all the knowl­edge so they can act.

4. Knowl­edge

The suc­cess­ful eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment of Coun­try requires everyone’s knowl­edge. Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple want to work with oth­er peo­ple to seek a bal­ance between the eco­nom­ic rights and needs, and the imper­a­tive to care for Coun­try. It is both moral­ly and eco­nom­i­cal­ly impor­tant that Abo­rig­i­nal knowl­edge has equal pri­or­i­ty in the plan­ning, acti­va­tion and man­age­ment of all eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment on Country.

There are two laws involved in eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment. They don’t often talk well to each oth­er and the non-Indige­nous can dom­i­nate. The strat­e­gy is designed to bring them togeth­er and ben­e­fit from both so nei­ther dom­i­nates. The yel­low cog is the strat­e­gy, or the indi­vid­ual project on Coun­try (red back­ground). It is the thing that brings the two knowl­edges togeth­er and makes them work.

5. Free Pri­or Informed Consent

Both Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Indige­nous peo­ple have the right to under­stand the impli­ca­tions of any pro­posed eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment activ­i­ty on Coun­try. It is moral­ly and eco­nom­i­cal­ly impor­tant that infor­ma­tion is pre­sent­ed in ways that peo­ple under­stand, and that enough time is pro­vid­ed for peo­ple to take infor­ma­tion on board before they are required to make deci­sions about actions.

A per­son needs to under­stand before they can act. The strat­e­gy is about bring­ing togeth­er two ways of doing things. These two ways need to under­stand each oth­er for the part­ner­ship to work and to avoid the dom­i­nance of one over the oth­er. They need to come togeth­er around Coun­try (red), join­ing in the mid­dle and shar­ing knowledge.

6. Own­er­ship

The Abo­rig­i­nal Land Rights (NT) Act has helped Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple get their Coun­try back. This Coun­try can nev­er be bro­ken up or sold off. But Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple need to bor­row mon­ey for eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment. The Cap­i­tal Fund will be the lender for the Abo­rig­i­nal Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Strat­e­gy. The Cap­i­tal Fund will own part of each project it puts mon­ey into. This helps man­age risk.

Because there is a dif­fer­ence between own­er­ship of Coun­try and own­er­ship of projects on Coun­try, the bot­tom of this design is like the first one, the flag with the project in the mid­dle. The hands rep­re­sent part­ner­ships between Abo­rig­i­nal landown­ers and investors.

7. Rela­tion­ships

The Strat­e­gy brings togeth­er two sys­tems, Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal, to cre­ate a new way of doing eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment on Coun­try. It is impor­tant that there is a clear process for this and that every­one involved under­stands what their respon­si­bil­i­ties are, and what to expect. There must also be clear path­ways for action and process­es for con­flict res­o­lu­tion. ALE­DA will be the hub for man­ag­ing stake­hold­er rela­tions. ALE­DA will oper­ate against these guid­ing prin­ci­ples and will require all stake­hold­ers to adhere to them.

Each project or busi­ness (yel­low cir­cle) on Coun­try (red) will involve lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple, both Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Indige­nous (small­er black and white cir­cles). It is real­ly impor­tant that these peo­ple are linked up (black lines) so non-one is oper­at­ing in iso­la­tion. The yel­low cir­cle is also ALSE­DA, which is there to make sure every­one involved is linked up and in communication.

8. Integri­ty & transparency

The eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment of Coun­try is essen­tial to Abo­rig­i­nal people’s self-deter­mi­na­tion. But it also involves many oth­er peo­ple. Suc­cess­ful eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment of Coun­try requires that every­one involved knows what is hap­pen­ing and that there are clear lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and account­abil­i­ty. ALE­DA will coor­di­nate the eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment strat­e­gy. It will mon­i­tor activ­i­ty and report to Land Coun­cils, gov­ern­ment and indus­try as appro­pri­ate. Good mon­i­tor­ing and report­ing is also the basis for good risk man­age­ment, and for learn­ing and improv­ing. Key per­for­mance indi­ca­tors will be deter­mined that have mean­ing and val­ue to both Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple. These will be report­ed against in ways that have mean­ing and can be under­stood by both Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal people.

This design rep­re­sents all the dif­fer­ent peo­ple (Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Indige­nous) sit­ting around a project or busi­ness (yel­low) on Coun­try (red). It is also about ALSE­DA, and all the dif­fer­ent peo­ple involved in the eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment strat­e­gy. The black and white lines are about shar­ing infor­ma­tion and report­ing between all these people/​groups.