Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has today affirmed his full support for Ms Susan Murphy in her role as a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC).
Minister Scullion said Ms Murphy brought a wealth of experience to the IAC through her role as Chief Executive Officer of Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation, particularly around the challenges of delivering education and employment services in remote areas.
“The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations has issued a compliance notice regarding the Winun Ngari. There is nothing extraordinary about this compliance notice and as the Registrar has made clear, none of these matters are unusual or serious,” Minister Scullion said.
“I am also pleased that the Registrar, who is an independent statutory office holder, has stated Winun Ngari has at all times cooperated with the examination and has agreed to meet the requirements of the compliance notice.
“Winun Ngari is a high performing Indigenous owned and controlled service provider in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and I am pleased it is taking steps to improve its governance and financial management practices.”
The Registrar conducts random examinations of up to 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations each year.
The majority of these examinations (69 per cent in 2015–16) result in a compliance notice being issued to the relevant corporation by the Registrar. Compliance notices provide guidance or requirements for corporations on how to improve their standards of corporate governance and financial management.
“I am disappointed that some of the reporting of this issue seems to reflect a poor understanding about the reasons for compliance notices being issued,” Minister Scullion said.