Strong Governance


How We Work Together 

BBY is a neutral convener to implement the Empowered Communities model in the East Kimberley, performing key 'backbone functions' to support and facilitate joint action by Aboriginal Organisations, Government, NGOs and Corporate Partners to achieve transformational change.

Our governance structure is composed of a Board of Directors and Local Management Committees (LMC). The Board is made up of up to six Aboriginal Leaders from across the East Kimberley who are passionate about change and ‘walking the talk’.

The Board oversees the strategic direction of BBY, sustaining the success of Empowered Communities in the East Kimberley, and leads the Joint Decision-Making process with Government. The Board receives advice from BBY member organisations through the LMCs.

The BBY staff team provides strategic and secretariat support to the Board and the LMCs.


Local management committees (LMC)

The LMCs are made up of Chairs and CEOs of BBY member organisations. We currently have two LMCs meeting regularly in Kununurra and Halls Creek. Working at the front-line of Aboriginal affairs they play an integral role in identifying local priorities, advising the Board and shaping the shared Regional Development Agenda

LMC meetings are held once every 2 months, with additional work between meetings supported by BBY staff. LMC members also seek grassroots input from community forums to inform and gain feedback from families, individuals and the broader community. 

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BBy strategic plan 2017-2019

An important part of our strong governance framework, our 2017-19 strategic plan outlines how we will act as an effective 'backbone' for Empowered Communities East Kimberley by:

  • Supporting the ongoing capacity development and leadership of member organisations

  • Facilitating collaboration between member organisations to build and implement collective priorities for the East Kimberley

  • Building a strong and sustainable organisation

  • Establishing and maintain trust and confidence in BBY and Empowered Communities


Partnership principles

Binarri-binyja yarrawoo has recently released (April 2019) the Empowered Communities East Kimberley Partnership Principles.

These 12 principles underpin expectations that Aboriginal organisations have of non-Aboriginal organisations seeking to work with Aboriginal people and communities in the East Kimberley.

If you are a non-Aboriginal organisation wanting to endorse the principles, please get in touch with our team to arrange a meeting.


Our Impact 2019

Empowered Communities has been delivering strong results and meaningful impact to communities in the East Kimberley since its introduction into the region in 2015.

Binarri-binyja yarrawoo joins Aboriginal organisations together and provides expertise and on-the-ground collective impact skills to support regional development for Aboriginal people of the East Kimberley, promoting partnerships, capability building and empowerment.