The Local Decision Making model was designed knowing that a ‘one size fits all’ approach does not align with success in Aboriginal communities.
How does Local Decision Making operate?
Through LDM, the NSW Government and Regional Aboriginal Alliances enter into agreements committing parties to jointly address agreed priorities, including timeframes, responsibilities and measures of success.

Regional alliances are progressively delegated greater powers and budgetary control once capacity is demonstrated. There are three stages of delegation; advisory, planning and implementation, and with each stage comes a greater level of decision-making.

The NSW Government will establish strong cross-government working arrangements so that negotiations can occur between government agencies and regional alliances based on the priorities of regional alliances. Regional alliances will have a direct line of communication to government decision makers, including agency Senior Regional Coordinators and if necessary issues can be escalated directly to Secretaries of NSW Government Departments.

The LDM model was designed knowing that a ‘one size fits all’ approach does not align with success in Aboriginal communities and in recognition that every regional alliance will be different. Each regional alliance will progress through the Local Decision Making pathway at their own pace.

Premier’s Memorandum

In March 2015, the Hon. Mike Baird, MP, then NSW Premier, issued a Premier’s Memorandum which sets out the aim of Local Decision Making and outlines the roles and responsibilities of NSW Government agencies in supporting it.

It directs NSW Government agencies to work respectfully, constructively and cooperatively with Aboriginal regional alliances, to develop accords. Agencies must adhere to the principles of Local Decision Making, must negotiate openly and in good faith, and must share service provision and indicator data with Aboriginal regional alliances.