aboutus

Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation (Ironbark) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Darwin, Northern Territory. We successfully deliver community, employment and economic services to urban, regional and remote communities throughout the Darwin Daly Region.

our vision

Improving lives and transforming Aboriginal communities through tailored advocacy for and development of employment services, enterprise / economic development and business solutions.

our objectives

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Support Aboriginal communities to become self-managing

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Work with communities to improve social cohesion and advance ongoing community growth and development

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Provide cultural awareness and employment placement services to employers of Aboriginal people residing within the Region

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Create a representative and consultative forum for Aboriginal people residing in the Darwin/Daly Region

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Provide and promote education, training, employment and business creation opportunities

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Support the maintenance and protection of Aboriginal culture and tradition

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Advise and educate Aboriginal people residing in the Darwin/Daly Region in relation to support services available and facilitate advocacy on their behalf

our history

Ironbark was originally established as Darwin Regional CDEP Incorporated in June 2000 following extensive consultations with the Indigenous communities in the Darwin region. From these discussions, a unique governance model was developed with representation and participation based on regional community organisations rather than individual members.

These arrangements included special acknowledgement of the Larrakia people and the Stolen Generations within our constitution - in recognition of both traditional ownership of country and our recent history, which saw many Indigenous children removed from their families and placed into institutions in Darwin and other communities.

The original concept was to establish a not for profit organisation with a core object of providing relief and practical assistance to Aboriginal people of the broader Darwin Region. The organisation aimed to alleviate and overcome the effects of poverty, sickness, helplessness, suffering, misfortune, and serious economic disadvantage by assisting, preparing and encouraging people to seek employment opportunities.

In 2009, our organisation formally included the words “Indigenous Advancement" into our name. This move was in recognition of our progression over our first 10 years from being primarily a service delivery organisation to one that also proactively promotes the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our region, and their desire to genuinely be engaged in the evolving economic opportunities of the region.

In 2014, the organisation chose to strengthen their governance by ceasing as an Incorporated Association and becoming an Aboriginal Corporation under the CATSI Act.

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our future

While we will always remain as a not-for-profit community organisation, we also operate as a conduit between communities in our region and through industry and business partnerships.

Our future is guided by strategically maximising business opportunities and partnerships and on remaining competitive and relevant in the marketplace. We will achieve this by formalising our business development strategies and harnessing our resources.

Central to our future is our determination to strive for sustained outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our region through our core belief that local people must be engaged in the process – not only as recipients of services and/or initiatives – but as principal participants at all levels.

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Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation recognises and respects the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land that we serve. We pay our respects to all Traditional Elders both past and present. We are committed to a positive future of self-determination for Aboriginal people and their communities.