National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

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National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
Public company limited by guarantee
Founded 2010
Key people
Dr Jackie Huggins (Co-chair)
Rod Little(Co-chair)
Website The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples is the national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Congress was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in April 2010. As a company the Congress is owned and controlled by its membership and is independent of Government. Its Co-Chairs are Dr Jackie Huggins and Rod Little. Chamber Directors, other Board members, are Venessa Curnow, Katie Kiss, Mark McMillan, Gerry Moore and Daphne Yarram.[1] The male Chamber 1 Director position is currently vacant, but will be filled in the coming months. Co-Chairs are elected for a term of two years. Chamber Directors are elected for four year terms, three at each election every two years.

Corporate structure

The Congress is a Public Company limited by guarantee.[2][3] The first National Congress meeting of 120 delegates was held in June 2011, with subsequent meetings in September 2012, July 2013 and October 2015. The 120 delegates nominate every 2 years to attend the annual forum. Chambers 1 & 2 hold elections for their 40 delegates. Organisations that are members of those chambers have the right to vote for these delegates. Individual Congress Members that nominate to be in Chamber 3 are assessed against criteria by both the Ethics Council and the National Board. Gender parity and adequate representation of the membership are included as part of the process to pick the 40 members for this chamber. The Board is supported by an Ethics Council – a special body of experts who provide independent advice on standards and guidelines


Australian Human Rights Commissioner Mick Gooda welcomed the formation as a milestone moment for Indigenous Australians.[4] Northern Land Council CEO Kim Hill also welcomed the formation of the Congress.[5] Aboriginal activist Noel Pearson criticised the Congress as "a blackfella's wailing wall".[2] Australian conservative journalist and political commentator Andrew Bolt has described the Congress as funding "professional aborigines" instead of Aboriginal people "you imagine your taxes helping".[6]

See also


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  2. ^ a b Jopson, Debra (3 May 2010). "New indigenous 'company' structured to keep politicians at arm's length". The Age. The Age. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "ASIC Free Company Name Search: NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES LIMITED". Australian Securities and Investments Commission. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Gooda, Mick (2 May 2010). "2010 Media Release: First National Executive is a milestone moment for Indigenous Australians". Australian Human Rights Commission. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "National Congress of Australia's First Peoples" (PDF). Northern Land Council. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Andrew Bolt (3 May 2010). "How representative are they of the Aborigines who need our help?". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 

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