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Corporate governance training for indigenous directors hailed a success.

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Corporate Governance Training for Indigenous Directors Hailed a Success

Joint Media Release - the Acting Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Mr Gary Hardgrave (Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs), and Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations

IPS 054/2003

Acting Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Gary Hardgrave today congratulated the first directors of Indigenous organisations to complete a new training course designed to strengthen their management and governance skills.

The three-day course was run by the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations (ORAC) in Townsville this week from 15-17 July, and introduced directors of Indigenous organisations to the principles of Indigenous community governance.

'These training initiatives are a step forward in helping directors of Indigenous organisations to overcome the difficulties faced by Indigenous people working in the two worlds of Indigenous affairs and corporate Australia,' Mr Hardgrave said.

ORAC Director of Corporate Relations Garry Fisk said he was delighted with the reception of the training course.

'I have received excellent feedback from participants, who relished the opportunity to strengthen their governance skills,' Mr Fisk said.

Mr Fisk said that although ORAC had only planned to run courses in Cairns and Townsville, the overwhelming number of applicants resulted in two additional courses being scheduled on Thursday Island.

These short courses are the first phase of a training package called Managing in Two Worlds, developed after ATSIC introduced national competency standards for directors of governing committees of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

The next segment of the Managing in Two Worlds package will be the delivery of the Certificate IV in Business (Governments) in Far North Queensland.

The first intake for this comprehensive training course will occur in September, with the first graduates expected in December 2003.

Media Enquiries: Mr Ruddock's office: Jeremy Chitty, 0418 971 042 ORAC: Garry Fisk, 0409 399 207

17 July 2003