5. What is the difference between Aboriginal community controlled, and community-led initiatives


Aboriginal community controlled organisations have been initiated by, and are controlled and operated by, First Nations people for the benefit of their community. 

First Nations community members drive governance and decision making at all levels. There is diversity in how governance may be structured, reflecting the broad diversity of organisations and communities.

Community-led initiative is recognised and endorsed by First Nations communities as driven by community-defined needs and a genuine belief by community members that it will lead to beneficial impact.

The initiative may be implemented as a partnership between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal community controlled organisations if intentional capacity building and genuine collaboration for the benefit of First Nations communities is occurring. Community members must confirm that the initiative is considered to be relevant, safe, appropriate and supported.