Reform initiatives driven by local
Indigenous leadership, who are
invested in the change, are more
sustainable and have more traction
within communities than those
delivered ‘top–down’ by government.
Deployment of professional
secondees gives Indigenous leaders
space to apply new thinking and
practice innovation. This provision
of ‘accelerator and incubator’
environments is critical for advancing
or proofing new ideas to tackle
complex, long-running problems.
Innovative, place-based solutions
to major issues can be accelerated
or scaled up through collaboration
and sharing of ideas. This includes
collaboration between Indigenous
leaders and corporate Australia—
an opportunity for co-designed
solutions that can deliver real
returns for communities. Facilitating
connections for Indigenous leaders
and communities is an exciting way
to expand their ability to pursue
opportunities for a better future.
Collaboration within and across
communities builds Indigenous
‘collective agency’, 1
Indigenous-led solutions to social
issues and ensures a more cohesive,
influential Indigenous voice in public
affairs and policymaking.
Interaction between Indigenous and
mainstream Australia via the Jawun
model is a microcosm of the change
hoped for more broadly, involving a
more empowered Indigenous voice and
a greater sense of shared culture and
nationhood for all Australians.