The Coalition of Peaks acknowledge and pay respect to Elders, both past and present and all generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples now and into the future as the Traditional Owners of this land.

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Membership

We are a representative body of more than 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled peak organisations and members. We share a belief that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should have a meaningful say on policies and programs that impact on us through formal partnerships with Australian governments at all levels.

Our authority is derived from our extensive membership base of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations with their generations of commitment to advancing the interests of, and delivering services to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

If you want to join us, and work together to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, become a member of the Coalition of Peaks today.

Our goals and objectives

Our goal is to bring together the voices, expertise, and experiences of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sectors and provide legitimate community-controlled representation to the partnership with Australian governments on Closing the Gap to improve the life outcomes of our people by:

  • sharing decisions with governments on policies and programs impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • protecting and promoting the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia, with distinct cultures and languages, as part of Closing the Gap
  • ensuring the shared decisions with governments are informed by the needs and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, community-controlled organisations and peoples
  • driving increased accountability of all governments for the commitments in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

Our objectives are to:

  1. change the way Australian governments work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations, and communities on Closing the Gap through partnerships based on our right to self-determination, shared decision-making and equal participation.
  2. strengthen and build the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector to provide a greater proportion of the service to our people.
  3. pursue the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations, and communities to have access to all relevant data and information.

Decision making

We support a respectful, consensus-first approach to decision making. Members must try to reach consensus, that is, general agreement on issues, and all decisions must further the principles and objectives of the Coalition of Peaks.

The consensus-first approach requires Members to:

  • generate proposals by collaboration;
  • identify any questions or concerns about proposals;
  • consider modifying proposals if that will achieve consensus; and
  • make good faith attempts to reach full agreement, even if this is not always achievable.

Benefits of membership

Membership of the Coalition of Peaks provides an opportunity to:

  • join a unified basis through which to engage with governments.
  • contribute the voice, expertise, and experiences of your members to provide legitimate community-controlled representation to the partnership with Australian governments on Closing the Gap to improve the life outcomes for our people.
  • share in decision making with governments on policies and programs impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • ensure that the shared decisions with governments are informed by the needs and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, community-controlled organisations, and peoples.
  • drive increased accountability of all governments
  • have a say in the policy, strategy, and governance of the Coalition of Peaks.
  • advertise jobs and significant events and activities through Coalition of Peaks channels.

Membership criteria

To join the Coalition of Peaks, the following criteria must be met:

  • The peak organisation is committed to being a contributing member of the Coalition of Peaks to implement fully its National Agreement on Closing the Gap with the Council of Australian Governments.
  • The peak organisation has responsibilities for policies, programs, or services that support Closing the Gap.
  • The peak organisation‘s members and directors are all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons, or at a minimum a majority of its members and directors are, including the Chairperson.
  • The peak organisation has a Board that is elected/nominated by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander individuals, communities and/or organisations which are accountable to that membership.
  • The peak organisation is operational, is solvent, compliant with all regulating legislation, is not under investigation by a government body, and is otherwise of good reputation.
  • The peak organisation has reviewed the Coalition of Peaks Terms of Reference for its Governance and Operations and is committed to complying with requirements.

The application form will ask for confirmation of the above criteria, along with the following:

  • Level at which your organisation operates as a peak (national, state, territory).
  • Details of policies, programs, or services offered that support Closing the Gap.
  • Supporting documentation, such as your organisation’s Rule Book, Constitution, Enabling Legislation, or Terms of Reference (if not incorporated).
  • Head office address and contact details
  • Chairperson’s name
  • Executive Officer’s name and contact details

Join now!

If you think your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled peak organisation meets the membership criteria, submit a membership application to get the ball rolling!