Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations
How DCJ defines an Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation (ACCO), how we determine whether an organisation is an ACCO, and our requirements for reporting on ACCOs.
Our commitment to building the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector
DCJ is committed to building and strengthening services to Aboriginal peoples and communities, and to having those services delivered by Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations (ACCOs).
The NSW Government is a signatory to the National Agreement for Closing the Gap (the National Agreement), which was released in July 2020. The National Agreement represents a commitment to shared decision-making as a fundamentally new way of working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The National Agreement was endorsed by state and territory jurisdictions as well as the National Voice for our Children (SNIACC).
At the centre of the National Agreement are priority reforms that focus on changing the way governments work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. One key priority is building the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector.
As an agency involved in commissioning, procuring and contracting Aboriginal services, and to support our commitment to grow investment in ACCOs, this requires a clear understanding of what constitutes an ACCO.
How an ACCO is defined
Clause 44 of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap sets the definition of an ACCO.
Clause 44 states that:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control is an act of self-determination. Under this Agreement, an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled Organisation delivers services, including land and resource management that builds the strength and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people and is:
- incorporated under relevant legislation and not-for-profit
- controlled and operated by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
- connected to the community, or communities, in which they deliver the services
- governed by a majority Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander governing body.
How we determine if an Aboriginal organisation is an ACCO
The ACCO assessment and evidence guide is used to determine if an Aboriginal organisation meets the criteria for an ACCO.
If an organisation doesn’t meet all the criteria, we’ll count them as an ‘Aboriginal provider’.
So there’s a tiered structure whereby we count Aboriginal organisations as either:
- an Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation
- an Aboriginal provider
Reporting on ACCOs and related funding
DCJ is required to report ACCO funding and service delivery for the purposes of tracking against measures for Closing the Gap and Aboriginal Outcomes.