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Joint Media Release

37/2009 25 June 2009

Recommendations from the Governance Audit of the Northern Land Council (NLC) were tabled in Parliament yesterday.

The audit was initiated by the Australian Government in order to better understand governance matters of the NLC.

The Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous Programs) in the Department of Finance and Deregulation undertook the audit between March and December 2008.

The audit made eleven recommendations. The NLC has accepted or partially accepted nine of these recommendations.

The Australian Government considers that the recommendations provide a solid framework for ongoing discussions between the Australian Government and the Northern Land Council over the governance and management processes and structures of the NLC.

We look forward to working with the NLC on improvements to the effectiveness of its administration and management in order to deliver on the Rudd Government’s Indigenous policy priorities in the Northern Territory.

For further information, please see the Department of Finance and Deregulation’s website at:

The Hon Lindsay Tanner MP Minister for Finance and Deregulation

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Audit of the Northern Land Council

Media Contact: Website:

Minister Tanner’s Office - Nardia Dazkiw - 0418 144 690

Minister Macklin’s Office - Jessica Walker - 0430 166 633

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