LNAC was placed under special administration in June 2016. Special administration is a special measure under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) to help corporations fix their internal problems.
Special administrators are independent, suitably qualified people who work with corporations to restore them to good health and, once this is achieved, control is returned to the members.
The LNAC is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of a representative from each family group. The Board is empowered to make decisions concerning the strategic direction of the organisation and is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the management of the Larrakia Nation. The Board of Directors meets monthly and is supported by a secretariat.
Larrakia Nation’s board is made up of representatives of each of the eight family groups named in the Kenbi Land Claim. These board representatives are chosen by the members at the AGM, with board terms lasting two years. The protocol for contacting the board is to write a letter addressed to our chair for consideration at our next board meeting.
Each of the eight Larrakia families nominates representatives to the board. These directors sit for two years, with half of the positions usually up for re-election at each Annual General Meeting. Directors should possess skills in administration, finance, business management and corporate governance that will assist the corporation. Directors govern the organisation in accordance with the organisation’s rulebook. It is the responsibility of directors to:
- Ensure that the organisation has strong membership and is financially viable.
- Ensure that programs are reviewed and services are delivered, delegated to senior staff via duty statements.
- Ensure that policies and procedures are kept up to date, delegated to senior staff.
- Ensure that there is an approved budget each year and that the funds are accounted for by having proper bookkeeping and yearly audits.
- Ensure the recruitment of quality staff and that staffing agreements, working conditions and legal requirements are adhered to.