Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation (WNAC) is the largest community development provider for remote Aboriginal communities in the West Kimberley.
In addition to serving communities in and around Derby, we serve several remote communities located along the Gibb River Road, and Looma (including surrounding communities). Including the town site of Derby, WNAC covers an estimated population of approximately 4,400 people from a range of age groups.
The support WNAC provides to remote communities differs from community to community, however services include enterprise and business development, employment and training, health and well being, governance and administration.
Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation was founded in 1983, in Derby, Shire of Derby / West Kimberley, WA, as a safe place to meet, sharing life experience and helping each other to create a better future for our families and our youth.
WNAC has since become committed to improving health and educational outcomes by enhancing service delivery to our people, addressing domestic violence and drug & alcohol abuse and breaking barriers to mending the gap with mainstream Australia.
Today, WNAC service the greater part of the West Kimberley, the town of Derby, and communities and outstations along Gibb River Road and Fitzroy River.
Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation (WNAC) is dedicated to ensure Indigenous communities in the West Kimberley continue to have a purpose to live, being healthy, educated, employed, living on their land and practicing their culture. As an organisation WNAC values are focused around 8 strategic goals; to strengthen culture, look after country, improve educational outcomes, create sustainable employment, improve housing conditions, improve health outcomes, enhance finance and enhance organisational capability.
WNAC aims to enable the practice of local Aboriginal Culture in the areas we service through:
Engaging young people
Creating a cultural awareness package for staff & clients
Sharing knowledge & ideas
Promoting respect for Elders
Establishing local indigenous language & culture centre
Through conducting a country mapping project
Source extra funding and make informed operational and investment decisions
Look After Country
Ensure the sustainability of our land
Grow native food
Create sales channels
Establish and support for WNAC rangers program and already existing ranger programs
Improve Housing Conditions
WNAC wants more and better housing for our people.
Become a high performing organisation
Upgrade office building
Develop new hubs
Review IT infrastructure, HR Policies and Procedures and WHS frameworks
Enhance Organisational Capacity
Improve Educational Outcomes
Increase school attendance rates and literacy & numeracy levels for adults
Create Sustainable Employment
Create employment opportunities for our people through the building of communities
Improve Health Outcomes
Improve the health of our people through partnerships with the NDIS and DAHS
Fight DV and Youth Suicide
Take over Environmental Health
Improve aged care delivery on country
Our core values of trust, honesty, openness and respect define everything we do.
WNAC’s operations are structured into four business units: Organisation; Service Delivery; Commercial, and Advocacy.
WNAC is dedicated to ensuring Indigenous communities in the West Kimberley continue to have the strength and ability to celebrate their culture, manage their own country and grow their own futures.
The Business Unit contains the corporation’s corporate functions including HR, Finance and the Office of the CEO. Through the organisation Business Unit, WNAC delivers centralised services to all other parts of the organisation.
This business unit delivers a core objective of WNAC, the delivery of high quality services to Aboriginal people within the West Kimberley.
Kimberley Money Management Services (KMMS)
Community Development Program (CDP)
Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS)
Winun Ngari Employment Services
With the finalisation of WNAC‘s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, the corporation has introduced a new advocacy business unit lead by the corporation’s CEO. This business unit ensures that Aboriginal people of the West Kimberley have a voice in relation to key issues and opportunities affecting the region.
WNAC has undergone a change in its governance model to allow it to work more effectively within the private sector. This change has allowed for the separation of the commercial arm under an independent business unit with a separate board structure. This business unit is Frilled Enterprises Pty Ltd.
Having WNAC’s commercial arm under an independent board provides a stable platform to encourage effective partnerships with the private sector. A key driver for Frilled Enterprises Pty Ltd is to secure long term maintenance work which offers stable long term employment. Linking various commercial ventures, like securing long term maintenance work, with WNAC’s delivery of the CDP program is expected to enhance the job seekers with meaningful employment and/or skills enhancement. Through commercial ventures and partnerships, Frilled Enterprises Pty Ltd will be able to access specialised skill sets in the delivery of projects and expose people employed under Frilled Enterprises with alternative employment pathways.
In our view this commercial model will improve the corporations income streams, allowing WNAC to continue improving and benefiting the lives of Aboriginal people in the West Kimberley.