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5.1 Collaboration within regions

Jawun became a reason for people to get

together and collaborate, to talk about

capability and capacity and to share their

organisations’ ideas.




An existing level of collaboration is a key entry

criterion for Jawun in a region, but also something a

Jawun partnership seeks to strengthen. Many regions

that Jawun supports describe how collaboration

existed but in a limited sense—on an ‘as-needed basis’

as one partner put it, or just for NAIDOC week and

similar events. Often this is because organisations are

simply ‘too busy doing’, and the Jawun model aims to

unlock the untapped potential of collaboration.

Once Jawun has formally partnered with a region, an

advisory group of Indigenous leaders is established.

They help shape and steer a collaborative Indigenous-

led development agenda across organisations.

Living and working ‘in place’, a Jawun regional

director supports the group and organisations

individually. This may be across vast distances: in NPY

Lands for example, Mark Jackman, general manager of

the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation,

says the Jawun regional director role is crucial:

Our region is spread across three states covering

350,000 square kilometres of the most remote

parts of Australia. Our Regional Director

Fran Whitty is forced to operate within and

navigate this. She understands the Aboriginal

organisations in our region—our diversity, our

goals and our challenges. Without her support,

the Jawun program wouldn’t be the success it is,

and wouldn’t be a true partnership.

A Jawun regional director helps connect

organisations together and into wider networks.

Belinda Russon, CEO of Tranby National Indigenous

Adult Education and Training in Inner Sydney explains:

What the Jawun regional director did brilliantly

was community networking—he knows everyone,

and everyone knows him, and we were able to

draw on that to bring Tranby actively into the

reform conversation.

5.2 Collaboration across regions

Individual organisations aren’t going to

make the necessary impact; it is going

to take a united approach. It is going

to take all those communities coming

together strategically. Coming together

and supporting a shared vision of what

we want to achieve.




Collaboration between Indigenous leaders from

different regions can be a vital source of inspiration,

support and connections. It is also central to ideas

of Indigenous empowerment that depart from a

historical context where dysfunction thrived on

division and disunity.

Jawun facilitates executive visits as a chance for

Indigenous leaders to develop their networks or

business opportunities through exposure to senior

corporate, government and philanthropic executives,

around 650 of whom have been on 53 visits to date.

Each visit sees a group of executives travel for several

days across a region supported by Jawun, to meet

Indigenous leaders and see first-hand the reform

agendas, initiatives and enterprises they are driving.

For Indigenous leaders, Jawun Executive Visits

are an important opportunity to gain first-hand

exposure to leaders and initiatives in other regions.

To date, 35 Indigenous leaders have taken part

in executive visits to nine regions supported by

Jawun. They typically speak of the new ideas, new

connections, and welcome sense of solidarity created

by executive visits.