Strategic planning checklist

These questions may help develop proactive and positive engagement with local Aboriginal communities during the strategic planning process.

What is a realistic timeframe to develop a strategic approach? What time constraints do councils and Aboriginal communities have?

Questions to ask Status
What is known about the Aboriginal communities in the local area and what do we need to learn?
What has been council’s past experience in addressing the issues for Aboriginal constituents? What has and has not worked?
Has council considered the impact on Aboriginal communities of all its policies and programs?
Is there an understanding of what constitutes Aboriginal cultural heritage, and a shared understanding of how it should be protected and managed?
Do all Aboriginal communities have adequate and equitable access to council services? Does this include discrete Aboriginal Villages? How do we know?
Who are the local key Aboriginal leaders and other stakeholders who can advise council? Do “silent” communities have a voice?
Is there a capacity for strategic resource partnerships with other councils in developing a common approach?
What are the best methods of engaging Aboriginal communities in determining council priorities?
What are the priority issues for Aboriginal communities?
Of these issues, which are the important ones for council to address within the next planning cycle?
What is the best method for council to use in partnership with Aboriginal communities to progress these issues within the constraints of the resources available?
To progress these issues what do Aboriginal communities need in terms of information and resources to make an effective contribution?
What will be the decision-making process and how will Aboriginal communities participate?
How will the decision-making be documented with achievable and measurable outcomes, in a meaningful way for Aboriginal people?
How will the decisions made be distributed meaningfully to Aboriginal communities?
How will Aboriginal communities participate in the evaluation of policies and decisions made that impact directly on their communities?