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The Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Owners and Elders of Cape York and Australia, to those past, present and those of the future. We pay respect also to the many places we travel and the many people we work with.

Annual Report 2012-13

Contents 01 About us


Our values


Cape York Agenda


Our people


From the Chair


From the CEO


Organisational structure




Cape York Group Board of Directors 2012-13  


Key events 2012-13


Policy and research


Cape York Welfare Reform Trial 


The release of the independent evaluation 


Ongoing work and preparation for the next phase  


Empowered Communities 


Constitutional reform 


Ancestral languages and culture  


Policy highlights 


Cape York Leaders Program


Academic Leaders  






Academic Leaders highlights  


Youth, Skilling and Excelling Leaders  




Youth, Skilling and Excelling Leaders highlights  


Financial statement 2012-13







Noel Pearson — The Australian 

Other publications 


Thank you to our sponsors, donors and supporters


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02 About us Cape York Institute (CYI) was launched in July 2004,

In 2011, CYI became an independent wholly owned

in partnership with the people of Cape York, Griffith

subsidiary of Cape York Corporation Pty Limited as

University, the Australian Government and Queensland

trustee for the Cape York Aboriginal Charitable Trust.

Government. CYI was established to champion reform in

The Executive Chairman is Noel Pearson, and the Chief

Indigenous economic and social policy, and to support

Executive Officer is Fiona Jose.

the development of current and future Cape York leaders. The work of CYI is guided by the Cape York Agenda, a holistic framework for reform which ensures the people of Cape York have the capabilities to choose a life that they have reason to value.

The work of CYI covers three key areas: Cape York Welfare Reform, Policy and Research, and the Cape York Leaders Program. All three areas are closely connected, and 2012-13 has seen us achieve strong integration of our Cape York Welfare Reform work and the Policy and

CYI sits at the nexus of academia, community development

Research function, as we position ourselves to move

and advocacy. Whilst focusing on issues in Cape York,

beyond the welfare reform trial. We are now embarking

CYI aims to have a national influence.

on a new phase of reform and innovation, building on what we have achieved and learnt from the trial to more effectively address Indigenous disadvantage.

Our values Giving Indigenous people of Cape York the capability to choose lives they have reason to value.

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Cape York Agenda 03 Our ultimate goal is to ensure that Cape York people have the capabilities to choose a life they have reason to value. We pursue economic and social development by expanding the choices available to people. The range of choices is enriched not only by income, but also other capabilities, such as education, health and community. Development will require access to the opportunities of the real economy. But to make this possible, we must restore social order, attack passive welfare, and tackle substance abuse. This will only happen if we exercise our right to take responsibility. We have to be as forthright about our responsibilities as we are unequivocal about our rights – otherwise our society will continue to fall apart while we are still fighting for our rights. This is how we will deliver our future as a recognised first world Indigenous people, retaining a culture with strong inherited and ongoing connection to ancestral lands, and the freedom to orbit into the wider world and return to home base again.

Our people We are proud that Indigenous staff comprise 41 per cent of the total staff employed by CYI. The Cape York Leaders Program team is 100 per cent Indigenous staff.

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04 From the Chair Nine years ago the Cape York Institute was established. Five years ago people and leaders of Aurukun, Hope Vale, Coen and Mossman Gorge, put up their hands to walk with us on a new path under welfare reform. Since these beginnings, we have seen a great deal of positive change. The gains have been hard won. Taking responsibility is hard work. It is through the hard work of individuals, families and Cape York leaders that change is occurring. Some of the changes we have witnessed are momentous, yet they may appear quite ordinary. Individuals and families taking control of the family budget, showing pride in the family home, and getting their kids to school — such things might seem mundane in another context. But it is these changes in everyday family life that can transform Indigenous lives and futures. The innovative role played by the Family Responsibilities Commission and its Local Commissioners, in particular, in bringing about these changes in behaviour is now, rightly, beyond question. Other changes are visible on a larger scale — they are changes that are physically and psychologically transforming the economic and social landscape of the welfare reform locations. For example, the Gateway Visitors Centre at Mossman Gorge officially opened in 2012-13. It creates a new interface between visitors from across the world and the attractions of the natural environment — with the people of Mossman Gorge and their culture at the centrepoint. Most importantly, the Gateway provides those growing up in Mossman Gorge today with a new norm, one that shows family and friends walking with confidence in both worlds. The Gateway is one of the ‘lighthouse’ projects identified at the outset of welfare reform that have come to fruition in 2012-13. The Hope Vale banana farm, the Aurukun Business Precinct and the success of the ranger groups in Coen, are all important steps away from welfare dependence. As we prepare to embark on a new phase of reform, it is important that we not only celebrate our successes, but learn from our disappointments. Only in 2013 did it become possible to buy a house in Hope Vale at the Hope Valley Estate, rather than live in social housing. The pace of change in other areas of development has also been frustratingly slow. We must re-establish our people as both economically and culturally productive. To do so we must redouble our focus on land reform, economic development, employment and home ownership. I have been buoyed by the emergence of the Empowered Communities initiative in 2012-13. There are common challenges that face Indigenous people not just in Cape York but across Australia. There is also a commonality in that Indigenous leaders want to be empowered to find the solutions, and given real responsibility for making them work. We cannot simply sit back and wait for the day when governments might get this right. That day may never come. Empowered Communities is seeking to create a day when we can win or lose depending on our own efforts, our own passion, understanding and intellect. It is at this moment that true empowerment will be in our grasp.

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From the CEO 05 Since its inception in 2004, CYI has become a robust and sustainable organisation with the capacity to develop innovative solutions and deliver results. CYI has grown into a leading entity in Indigenous affairs, Indigenous leadership, policy, research and evaluation. If 2011-12 was a year of transformation, 2012-13 was certainly a year of consolidation and expansion. The revitalised Policy and Research team led by Zoe Ellerman has worked relentlessly to challenge government thinking and progress our reform agenda. We are beginning to see accelerated progress in the areas of home ownership, culture and language, and constitutional reform. For example, it was heartening to see recognition of the work we conducted, in partnership with the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy’s Culture program, to develop innovative language teaching materials. Not only did we receive positive feedback from parents, teachers and students about the new language program, but the Culture program received the overall Queensland Premier’s Reconciliation Award this year. We reached a significant milestone with the release of the much anticipated independent evaluation of the Cape York Welfare Reform trial in March 2013. The evaluation shows that powerful changes are occurring in the places that matter most — in individual lives, in family homes, and in children’s lives. While the Cape York Welfare Reform trial has been extended by the Australian Government and Queensland Government, our work is now heavily focused on moving beyond the ‘trial’ to embed the reforms and to build on its successes. It is exciting to be embarking on a new phase of engagement with the four welfare reform communities to shape the future vision. Economic development and the creation of job opportunities are vital in the next phase. The newly created Cape York Employment must help us to drive success in this area. We continue our strong focus on supporting Indigenous leadership across the Cape. This year we implemented a new framework for the Cape York Leaders Program, providing aspiring leaders with improved opportunities and support to reach their full potential. For example, our success in this area was again celebrated with the graduation of Academic Leaders from quality boarding schools and leading universities. In 2012 we said goodbye to Gummi Fridrikkson, who has played a pivotal role in positioning CYI for growth and autonomy. It is a great privilege for me now to be leading CYI. I am incredibly proud as a Cape York Indigenous person to be leading an organisation that seeks to improve the lives of our people by challenging the way we think about Indigenous affairs. I thank the Board for appointing me as Chief Executive Officer and look forward to another exciting year ahead.

Fiona Jose Chief Executive Officer

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06 Organisational structure CAPE YORK GROUP BOARD Chief Executive Officer

CAPE YORK INSTITUTE Chief Executive Officer

Policy and Research

Cape York Leaders Program

Cape York Welfare Reform

Home ownership and land

Four phases of our leadership

CYI represents Cape York

reform, economic development

program: Academic, Youth,

regional organisations in the

and employment, social

Skilling and Excelling

welfare reform trial, alongside

responsibility and wellbeing,

the Australian and Queensland

natural resource management,


and constitutional reform


Evaluation of welfare reform trial in partnership with Australian and Queensland Governments

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Governance 07 Work continued in 2012-13 to strengthen our organisational structure and governance, and to increase synergies across a number of Cape York regional organisations. A new holding company, the Cape York Group, was established in December 2012, and is in the process of acquiring CYI, Cape York Partnerships, Djarragun Enterprises and Djarragun College Ltd. The newly created Cape York Employment also forms part of Cape York Group. The new structure provides opportunities to integrate and streamline our operations. It strengthens our ability to achieve improvements for Indigenous people in policy development and research, and in project design and onthe-ground operations. A new Board of Directors was appointed early in 2013, and includes Noel Pearson as Chairman, Duncan Murray, Phyllis Yunkaporta, Richie Ah Mat, Gabrielle Trainor, Sam Doumany and Professor Ian O’Connor. The Board membership reflects the breadth and depth of the newly formed Cape York Group and its entities. The Board held its inaugural meeting on 17 June 2013.

Cape York Group Board of Directors 2012-13

Chair Noel Pearson

Cape York Group CEO Duncan Murray

Gabrielle Trainor

Richie Ah Mat

Professor Ian O’Connor

Phyllis Yunkaporta

Sam Doumany

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08 Key events 2012-13 Mossman Gorge Gateway Visitors

Governor General, Her Excellency

Centre official opening,

Ms Quentin Bryce visits CYI and

August 2012.

other Cape York organisations, November 2012.

Hope Vale banana farm has approximately 50,000 plants in the ground, January 2013.

Cheryl Cannon puts arrangements in place to become the first home owner at Hope Valley Estate, Hope Vale, January 2013. Guugu Yimidhirr language lessons begin in the Hope Vale school, using Direct Instruction style lesson books developed by CYI in collaboration with Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy, February 2013. Queensland Government announces funding and support for the welfare reform trial to be extended by a further 12 months until the end of 2014, March 2013.

National Indigenous Youth Leadership Program Year 12 Graduation Ceremony in Canberra, November 2012. Australian Government releases the report on the independent evaluation of Cape York Welfare Reform, March 2013. Australian Government announces funding and support for the welfare reform trial to be extended by two years until the end of 2015, May 2013.

Construction of the Aurukun

Indigenous leaders from eight regions across

Business Precinct complete,

Australia gather on the NSW Central Coast to

May 2013.

discuss their respective successes, challenges and reform agendas. The Empowered Communities

Australian Government announces

Steering Committee is formed to continue to develop

the CYI led consortium has been

the reform proposal, June 2013.

successful in tendering to be a provider for the Remote Jobs and

Inaugural Cape York Group Board

Communities Program in Aurukun

meeting, June 2013.

and Coen, June 2013.

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Policy and research 09

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10 Policy and research CYI is well known for designing and leading the Cape York Welfare Reform (CYWR) trial. Since 2008, the trial has been successfully tackling welfare dependency, and building capability and self-reliance in Aurukun, Hope Vale, Mossman Gorge and Coen. Under the CYWR trial, work has been focused across four streams:

Cape York Welfare Reform trial CYWR operates as a partnership between the Australian Government, the Queensland Government, Cape York regional organisations as represented by CYI, and the leaders and people of Aurukun, Hope Vale, Coen and Mossman Gorge.

1. Social Responsibility

The CYWR trial commenced in 2008, with funding and

2. Education

support provided until 31 December 2011. After the initial

3. Housing/Home Ownership

three year trial period, CYWR has been extended for further

4. Economic Opportunity.

12 month periods from 31 December 2011, and again from

The trial, however, is just one component of the

31 December 2012. In 2012-13, CYI was again involved with



its partners in negotiating an extension so that the CYWR

been pursued by CYI since its establishment. This

initiatives could continue beyond 31 December 2013.

comprehensive development agenda is articulated in

Following the release of the independent evaluation of the

the Cape York Agenda.

CYWR trial in 2012-13:




In 2012-13, the CYI policy team has continued to undertake significant work in relation to the CYWR trial, as well as having a dedicated focus on: • working in cooperation with Indigenous leaders across eight regions of Australia to develop the Empowered Communities initiative and reform agenda • constitutional reform • revitalisation and maintenance of ancestral languages.

• The Queensland Government announced a further $5.65 million to support the reforms for an additional 12 months. • The Australian Government announced a further $24.5 million to support the reforms for an additional 24 months. The extension of CYWR in 2014 required consultation under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). Community consultations led by the Queensland Government and involving other tripartite representatives, were undertaken in each of the welfare reform communities in early June. The timing was tight, in order to enable sufficient time for the Queensland Government to pass its Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC) legislation amendments for the extension from 1 January 2014. Feedback from community members and key stakeholders was largely positive, with a clear consensus that the reforms must continue, and that to end them now would risk the hard won gains achieved over the past five years. Consistently highlighted issues also included the need to move beyond a ‘trial’ and embed the reforms; limited job opportunities; lack of home ownership opportunities; disengaged youth; better integration of the FRC and Community Justice Groups; and the need for revitalising and refreshing the FRC.

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Policy and research 11 The release of the independent evaluation CYI’s original design of the CYWR trial outlined in From

• an overview provided by Principal Evaluator, Dr Michael Limerick

Hand Out to Hand Up, identified the evaluation of the

• analysis of administrative data by the Social Policy

CYWR trial as essential. The release in March 2013, of the

Research Centre, which successfully tendered to

independent evaluation of the CYWR trial was therefore a

conduct these aspects of the CYWR evaluation.

long anticipated milestone. The evaluation was coordinated

Overall the evaluation is positive, although it highlights there

by Department of Families and Housing, Community

is much work that remains to be done. Key findings from the

Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), and CYI was

evaluation include that CYWR:

actively involved in the design of the evaluation.

• has been implemented effectively despite the

The CYWR Program Office, with representatives from

challenges of implementing such a complex and

CYI, the Australian Government and the Queensland

ambitious set of reforms

Government, is responsible for monitoring and coordinating the delivery of CYWR. During 2012 the Program Office worked closely with FaHCSIA on the preparation of the CYWR evaluation. The Program Office provided program logic and an evaluation plan for CYWR and the 15 projects which formed part of the initial project plan.

• shows greater signs of improvement than other initiatives and investments • can demonstrate qualitative and quantitative signs of positive change • has had clear success rebuilding local authority through the FRC, and particularly through the role of

Two external evaluation advisers, Professor Deborah

Local Commissioners in conferencing, referral and

Cobb-Clark and Dr Annie Holden, provided advice and

imposing Conditional Income Management orders.

feedback on the overall evaluation strategy and the methodology and approach to impact analysis, as well as guidance to the Steering Committee.

The evaluation’s conclusion — that the innovative and comprehensive CYWR trial shows more promise than other investments — is cause for hope.

The independent evaluation examined the efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness of the trial and sought to address the following four key questions: 1. Was the reform implemented as agreed by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and CYI? 2. Are social norms and behaviours changing? 3. Has service provision changed in a way that supports norm and behaviour change?

...people are taking on greater personal responsibility and raising expectations, particularly in areas such as sending kids to school, caring for children and families and their needs, and accessing supported self-help measures to deal with problems. – Dr Limerick’s Overview, p. 2

4. Have governance arrangements supported changes in service provision and social norms and behaviours? The independent evaluation report is substantial and is publicly available on the Australian Government’s website. The evaluation compiles a number of discrete pieces of work, involving eight different authors including:

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12 Policy and research Throughout the CYWR trial there has been a focus on restoration of Social Responsibility and improvement of Education attendance and performance — in these areas the trial’s success is confirmed by the evaluation.

...improved money management is seen as an important outcome of the trial, with community members reporting a greater capacity to meet the needs of their families and children through the BasicsCard (issued under Conditional Income Management), the MPower financial management assistance service and Student Education Trusts (SETs). – Dr Limerick’s Overview, p. 4

...now you see fathers walking their children to school and supporting their partners when they have difficult times with the children… people are realising that everyone has rights, especially children, people have become very self-centred over the past few years, having parties and doing things which really make life hard for other people. – John Von Sturmer’s Summary Report, p. 15

The independent evaluation identified that the slowest progress has been achieved in the areas of Home Ownership, and Economic Development and Employment. For example, the Hope Vale Business Precinct opened

The greatest improvement in school attendance occurred

after four years, and the Aurukun Business Precinct took

in Aurukun, where attendance rates had been lowest before

longer. According to the evaluation this ‘slow and uneven’

the trial. The published school attendance rate at Aurukun

progress may reflect the challenges of the economic

increased from 46.1 per cent in the first term of 2008 to 70.9

environment in remote communities, but implementation

per cent in 2012. Data analysis has linked this improvement

delays have also been a factor. CYI agrees that effort in

to the FRC. Analysis of records for individual students in

these areas must be redoubled, and this must be the

Aurukun has shown a statistically significant reduction

focus of the next phase of reforms.

in unexplained absences from school following an FRC conference with the student’s parents or caregivers in 2009 and 2010. The improvement was greatest in 2009 and was generally sustained during the subsequent years of the trial.

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The evaluation also identified the number of ‘disengaged youth’, particularly in Aurukun and Hope Vale, as an issue that must be addressed.


Policy and research 13 Ongoing work and preparation for the next phase

Disengaged youth

A great deal of effort in 2012-13 has been focused on areas

(CYAAA), the FRC, the Department of Aboriginal and Torres

that were highlighted in the CYWR evaluation as having

Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, FaHCSIA and the

experienced least progress. These include:

Department of Education, Training and Employment, have

• disengaged youth

worked together to propose an improved response to

• land reform and home ownership

address the long standing issue of youth disengagement

• economic development and employment.

In 2012-13 CYI, Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy

in remote communities. CYI’s focus has been on ensuring that this response caters for young people with very high

In addition, CYI has strongly asserted that the FRC model

needs, and a very lengthy history of poor educational

must continue to evolve and be strengthened through the

attendance and attainment. There is currently no solution

introduction of additional measures in 2014.

that provides the intensity of support needed to effectively respond to these ‘chronically disengaged’ youth. There are many partial solutions delivered in a poorly coordinated way which do not meet the needs of these young people. In the past highly structured programs outside of community have had success in building up these young people so that they can commence and maintain entry-level employment, such as programs provided through the Boys From the Bush initiative. This work is ongoing, but we are hopeful that a new ‘full strength’ response, that better meets the needs of these young people, can be implemented in 2013-14.

Land reform and home ownership The creation of property markets was a key goal of the trial. Although it was described at the outset of the trial as an ‘urgent priority’, diversification of property markets has not been realised. For example, except for home ownership outcomes on a pre-existing area of freehold tenure for Hope Vale at Hope Valley Estate, the four welfare reform sites continue to be almost 100 per cent social housing destinations. Property markets will underpin the creation of a diversified housing market to transform these places from social housing estates. There continues to be movement toward unlocking the ‘dead capital’ of communally held land title that cannot be used by individuals and families to access credit or start a business. There is a need, however, to protect Indigenous land from alienation that must be balanced against the creation of transferable titles within towns. Land reform must occur but Indigenous people must be assured it will not tear down the hard won gains of land rights. Cape York Institute For Policy & Le adership


14 Policy and research

The Queensland Government and Australian Government

Home ownership, and the broader underlying issue of

have reached an agreement in recent months to ensure

land reform, must be a focus for the next phase of welfare

that there is investment in the survey and subdivision

reform. CYI is continuing to work with the Queensland

required to create registered lots in the town areas.

Government, the Australian Government, and the private

This is a fundamental first step to enabling a

and non-government sectors, to focus on development of:

diverse property market, and it corrects the historic

1. A model for home ownership in Indigenous

underinvestment in the underlying land administration

communities that provides a first rate form of home

infrastructure of these places.

ownership that matches as much as possible the

CYI has raised concerns that people in Indigenous

benefits (and risks and responsibility) associated with

communities are currently being offered a second-rate

mainstream home ownership. The model should be

form of home ownership if they buy their social house in

developed to support access to mainstream financial

Queensland’s Indigenous communities with an Australian

markets if possible.

Government Indigenous Business Australia loan. The

2. A model to improve social and economic outcomes,

current model provides home owners with limited access

by doing more in regional centers to assist people

to equity and very limited transferability of title — features

to orbit to take up employment and education

that would ordinarily be key benefits of home ownership.

opportunities. CYI is developing ‘transitional’

CYI has also raised concerns that the current model of

housing proposals that can link: affordable housing;

home ownership will provide neither the usual benefits/

employment and other aspects of social responsibility;

opportunities, or risks/responsibilities, associated with the

and capability building support to prepare people for

Australian dream; it sets up a model of home ownership

home ownership.

that is too similar to the social housing model from which these places must depart. There is little information available to ensure that people understand exactly what they are buying into and the market context.

The CYWR trial sites provide opportunities to develop innovative solutions and models that will ultimately benefit other locations across the state. We need to continue to innovate to drive better outcomes in land reform and home ownership.

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Policy and research 15 Economic development and employment Fundamental to CYWR is the goal of shifting people from passive welfare into real jobs. While there has been some change in this respect, there is a great deal more work to be done to make having a real job the norm in Indigenous communities. It is clear that this must be a focus of the next phase of reforms. As the first step, government must

CYI believes that the next phase of reform provides a window of opportunity for developing engagement in the real economy, without trading off culture, language and connection to country, so that the people of Cape York communities can walk with confidence in both worlds. We will continue to work in partnership to drive reforms in this area.

development of labour markets, it will not be sufficient on

Strengthening the Family Responsibilities Commission

its own.

CYI has continued to advocate that our partners must build

A deliberate strategy through which job creation and

upon the success of the FRC, including by introducing

enable property markets. While this is necessary for the

economic development can be enabled is needed. Private

additional FRC triggers and a strengthened ‘tool kit’. CYI

sector investment and ingenuity are key. For Indigenous

has been advocating for:

people in rural and remote locations, job opportunities

• Increasing the authority of Local Commissioners to

at the local, district and regional level must be expanded

make Conditional Income Management decisions

through economic development. Improved mobility must

more autonomously, without FRC Commissioner

be part of the answer to Indigenous employment in

Glasgow present. It is very pleasing that the

Indigenous communities.

Queensland Government is progressing legislative

The time to get this right is now. A clear vision is required to build on the early success of the CYWR trial, and to achieve the transformation of Queensland’s Indigenous communities from concentrated centres of dysfunction to thriving towns that hold a special place in Queensland’s identity, and that make an important contribution to the economy of their regions. The newly elected Australian Government has

amendments accordingly. • Increasing the amount of a person’s welfare payments that can be income managed from the current 75 per cent threshold. We would like to see the FRC have the ability to manage 90 per cent of a person’s income, for example, in order to try to motivate some of those who have been hard to reach to change their behaviour.

committed to making Northern Australia the next frontier

• The FRC having the ability to suspend the portion

of development. A white paper will be produced within

of a person’s payment not subject to an income

12 months by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

management order. This would be a very attractive

Together with the Queensland Government’s Cape York

strengthening of the powers of the FRC that could again

Regional Plan and 30 year Queensland Plan, there is new

assist to get some of those who have proved hard to

focus on planning for development. This provides an ideal

reach to change.

opportunity for Indigenous people and traditional owners in the Cape to be involved in shaping the vision that will ensure their future wealth and livelihoods. In May 2013, CYI was announced as the successful Remote Jobs and Community Program (RJCP) provider for Aurukun and Coen. Now named Cape York Employment, the service is the only Indigenous-led RJCP provider in Cape York. Becoming an RJCP provider will assist us to drive better employment outcomes, and will mean we can develop innovations and reforms from a strong foundation of on-the-ground experience.

• Additional FRC triggers so that people could be brought before the FRC in circumstances where: -- they have been released from a correctional centre and are returning to a CYWR community -- young people’s behaviours breach community norms -- there has been a failure to comply with the jobseeker participation requirements under RJCP. CYI will continue to work to ensure that the FRC can continue to evolve and further restore local authority and empower local people to bring about positive changes in behaviour.

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16 Policy and research Each of these regions: • Pursues a reform agenda with the central goal of restoring the balance between Indigenous rights and responsibility. This includes a commitment to restore positive social norms in relation to school attendance, work, community safety, and housing, for example. • Feels their efforts are too often frustrated by the work of governments, bureaucracies and service providers, despite their good intentions. • Are strongly linking with leading Australian corporations, which provide support to assist them to implement their reform agendas. In June 2013, 25 Indigenous leaders from the eight regions supported by Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships gathered on the NSW Central Coast to discuss their respective successes, challenges and reform agendas. The Empowered Communities Steering Committee was formed to continue to develop an ambitious reform proposal. The Australian Government has committed $5 million to support the design and community engagement phase of Empowered Communities over the next six months. This funding will be administered by the Australian Government. It will be used to support a taskforce that develops the proposal based on ideas including that: • communities must opt-in to the reforms • an Indigenous Policy Productivity Council be created to: -- ensure government compliance with high level reform principles

Empowered Communities

-- convene regional or place-based negotiation tables between government and regional Indigenous

In 2013, CYI has made an important contribution to

leaders, and monitor delivery on agreed outcomes

developing reform proposals as part of the Empowered

• pooled place-based/regional funding arrangements

Communities initiative. The aim is to fundamentally

better direct resources to where they can be most

transform the relationship with government and enable

effective, breaking down agency silos

Indigenous people to take charge of their own destiny

• a ‘market development’ approach to service delivery

and lives. Other regions involved include North East

ensures local and regional Indigenous organisations

Arnhem Land, East Kimberly, West Kimberly, APY/NPY

build capabilities to win tenders and provide services

Lands, Goulburn Murray, Inner Sydney and the Central

in their own communities.

Coast of NSW.

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Policy and research 17 • promotion of constitutional reform with flyers and discussion at our stall at the Laura Festival in June 2013 • various publications including three Noel Pearson articles in The Australian. It is CYI’s view that two linked constitutional problems undermine Australia’s other wise over whelmingly successful, just and inclusive democracy: 1. An omission: failure to recognise in our founding document that Indigenous people were here prior to colonisation and federation, failure to recognise our Indigenous heritage and history as an important part The need to empower Indigenous people lies at the heart

of our national identity.

of CYI’s approach in CYWR. Fundamental to overcoming

2. The undemocratic ‘race’ error: references to the

the problems of passive welfare and service delivery is the

outdated concept of race, allow and promote

need to empower local Indigenous leaders to create and

differential treatment of Australian citizens on the

drive solutions. CYI will continue to work to develop the

illegitimate basis of race.

Empowered Communities proposals to provide the next wave of Indigenous reform. The ambitious Empowered Communities reforms can allow us to take what we have learnt from the CYWR trial and apply it to ensure greater benefit for Cape York people.

Constitutional reform Recognition and reconciliation are vital components of the comprehensive development agenda that CYI promotes.

Our challenge is to find bipartisan consensus on the best way to solve these two problems. For CYI, the constitutional problems give rise to two guiding principles in this task: 1. Recognition: we should recognise importance of the nation’s Indigenous heritage and history in our founding document. 2. Equality: all Australians should be treated equally

Noel Pearson and CYI have had a long history of advocacy

before the law on the basis of our common citizenship,

on the need for constitutional reform to recognise

and without unfair discrimination on the basis of race.

Indigenous Australians. For example, Noel Pearson was a member of the Gillard Government’s Expert panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians that reported to the Prime Minister in January 2012.

CYI will continue to work to establish bipartisan support to achieve a unifying moment for the nation through successful constitutional reform.

Through funding from Recognise — the nationwide education campaign of Reconciliation Australia — CYI has continued research, education and advocacy for constitutional reform throughout 2012-13. Key activities include: • continuing liaison to ensure bipartisan support • our Annual Seminar on Constitutional Reform was held in Cairns at the Pullman International Hotel on 18 July 2013; Noel Pearson, Fred Chaney and Megan Davis spoke at this event and over 100 people attended

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18 Policy and research Ancestral languages and culture The development agenda pursued by CYI acknowledges that vibrant Indigenous cultures and languages underpin economic and social wellbeing for Indigenous people. Cultural prosperity is as important as socio-economic prosperity. The ongoing existence of authentic and living cultures has substantial market and non-market value to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. We must ensure that cultural maintenance is not ‘tradedoff’ against integration into the real economy. Language is of key importance. We are at a critical point in the Cape; a sense of urgency is needed to implement effective strategies to make maintenance revitalisation and revival of Indigenous languages a reality. Locally-led language strategies need to target: 1. Schools — we have had some early success in this area. 2. Families — such as the promotion of ancestral language speaking in the home. 3. The broader community — such as the promotion of ancestral languages in formal spaces such as in signage, place names, community governance and administration. In recent years, CYI’s work to maintain and revitalise Indigenous languages has focused on development and implementation of innovative teaching materials and methods in CYAAA primary schools in Aurukun,

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Coen and Hope Vale to maintain, revitalise and revive ancestral languages. We have been acutely aware during CYWR that education of children is the most important key to the future, and that ancestral languages wherever possible must play a central role. Our work differs from previous approaches. We have focused on the production of lesson books to be used in the schools to support the application of Direct Instruction (DI) teaching methods to language teaching. Unlike many of the previous bilingual education approaches of the past, there is a strict delineation maintained within CYAAA schools between Indigenous language teaching and mainstream literacy and numeracy. Language teaching is one part of CYAAA’s root and branch reform of the schools under CYWR. CYAAA has implemented an innovative 4 C’s program delivered over an extended school day: 1. Class: teaches mainstream curriculum in English literacy and numeracy using DI methods. 2. Club: provides artistic, musical and sport programs. 3. Culture: provides comprehensive Indigenous culture and language programs delivered by teachers and local cultural tutors. This also involves on country camps and activities. 4. Community: provides case management of each student’s attendance, school readiness, health, nutrition, wellbeing and parent engagement, working closely with the FRC.


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The teaching materials have been used with great

The success of CYI’s collaboration with CYAAA to develop

success to revitalise local ancestral languages. The

materials to support teaching language in Aurukun, Hope

pioneering application of DI to teach ancestral languages

Vale and Coen received important recognition when

in CYAAA schools has perhaps been most successful in

CYAAA’s Culture domain was awarded the Queensland’s

Hope Vale, where it has focused on the revitalisation of

Premier’s Reconciliation Award for the most outstanding

Guugu Yimidhirr.

and innovative outcomes towards advancing reconciliation.

Like so many of the Cape’s and Australia’s Indigenous languages, Guugu Yimidhirr is at a critical point in terms of its sustained survival. Guugu Yimidhirr is semirecorded. There is an enormous amount of information and oral stories that have not been written down. Many

In accepting the award, Lillian Bowen (pictured), a local teacher who works at the Hope Vale school teaching the Guugu Yimidhirr language as part of the Culture program, forcefully explained the importance of language teaching to keeping culture alive and to

of the best speakers are now elderly. The kids who

passing it on to future generations.

arrive at the CYAAA school in Hope Vale generally do

In relation to our CYWR work and our broader policy

not speak or write Guugu Yimidhirr. If Guugu Yimidhirr

interests, CYI provided input and a number of written

is not supported now, it may well become a dead, half-

submissions to key government inquiries and reviews in

known language relegated to the archives. On the other

2012-13. These included submissions in the important

hand, if it is supported now and children start to speak, it

areas of child protection, alcohol management and land

could become a full living language of Australia, because

tenure reforms.

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Policy highlights • Inaugural CYI Policy and Research compilation publication launched, October 2012. • Changes to the CYWR Board structure provide representation of each of the four welfare reform communities: Phyllis Yunkaporta, Billy Pratt, Cheryl Cannon and Terrance Gibson are welcomed to the CYWR Board, May 2013. • Consultation about the further extension of CYWR occurs in the four welfare reform locations highlighting the importance of embedding the reforms, June-July 2013. • CYI provides a submission to the Carmody Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, April 2013. The Commission reports to the Premier on 30 June 2013 and recommendations include greater devolution of local responsibility through models such as the FRC to allow people to better respond to child safety issues.

• CYI provides a submission to the Queensland Government’s review of Alcohol Management Plans, April 2013. The submission strongly argues that alcohol restrictions should remain in place until harm levels have normalised. • CYI provides input into a submission of the Cape York regional organisations to the Queensland Government on the Cape York Regional Plan, May 2013. • CYI, in collaboration with the Cape York Land Council (CYLC) and Balkanu, submits a position paper to the Queensland Government, in response to the Discussion Paper on Providing freehold title in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the Inquiry into the future and continued relevance of government land tenure across Queensland, May 2013. • CYI conducts an Annual Seminar on constitutional reform in Cairns and over 100 people attend, July 2013.

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22 Cape York Leaders Program Indigenous leadership is central to the Cape York Agenda.

the ripples of growth and success, across their life, their

Productive social norms can only be built with community

family, their community, their work and to lead others.

leaders who are champions for change, through education, training, access to mentors and practical experience. The Cape York Leaders Program (CYLP) offers Cape York members the opportunity to believe in themselves, to build the leadership skills they have within and to build these skills in a way which others wish to emulate. Our vision is that our members achieve their full potential, talent and have the confidence to build their capabilities and achieve their goals. Our program motto is dream more, learn more, be more. The motto is more than mere words — our members are challenged to be the pebble that creates

Cape York Agenda Outcomes Cape York Leaders program Outcome

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it has been exciting to implement this strategy throughout 2012-13. The freshly rebranded program better represents the vision, standards, and expectations of the leaders, partners and program staff. Our program is proudly led and managed entirely by Indigenous staff and assisted by a Steering Committee consisting of current and alumni CYLP members who are responsible for endorsing membership, providing guidance, and reviewing the strategic direction of CYLP.


Participation in the real economy

Home Ownership Cape York members confidently employed with the skills and ability to achieve their goals and excel

Academic Leaders Cape York Leaders program Intermediate Outcome

A new CYLP strategy was launched in January 2012 and

Youth Leaders

Offer scholarships to talented Indigenous students to enter creditable academic institutions and graduate with a standard of excellence

Equip young people (18-25 years) with the capabilities to enter and progress within the workforce

• placements at selected boarding schools • supported tertiary study • support living skills • learning orbit preparation and experience

• Certificate II in Business Case Management • mentoring support • work experience • secondment opportunities • directed to work opportunities

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Skilling Leaders

Health and Wellbeing

Excelling Leaders

Provide people (25 Years and over) with key managerial and leadership skills to apply in the home, community and workforce

Support high calibre emerging Indigenous leaders (25 years and over) to extend their leadership and engage others in their vision for the future

• Certificate IV in Business • leadership training • mentor access • community projects • directed to work opportunities

• training in executive leadership • management drivers of their own destiny • executive coaching • trained as mentors • community projects

Cape York Leaders Program contributes to all Cape York Agenda outcomes

Cape York Leaders Program contributes through creating tomorrow’s leaders today


Cape York Leaders Program 23 CYLP provides four distinct development phases, which articulate an individuals’ journey to becoming an empowered leader: Academic Leaders, Youth Leaders, Skilling Leaders and Excelling Leaders. Each phase provides individuals an opportunity to enter a phase that is most relevant to their starting platform. The unique design of the program provides members with the opportunity once they complete a phase, to continue on to another phase to further develop their leadership capabilities.

Academic Leaders CYLP provides scholarships and holistic support for high achieving students to enable them to successfully orbit from Cape York to pursue education and employment opportunities outside of their community. Support is provided through a secondary school phase, and a tertiary phase to ensure a successful transition beyond schooling to further education or employment. The demand for and popularity of the Academic Leaders program continues to grow each year. Through the program, students with the support of their families, continue to raise the standard of excellence across academic and life achievements.

Parent/ Guardian Transition Support Officer

Student Support Officer

Student School Indigenous Support Officer

Academic Excellence Tutor


School Tutor

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24 Cape York Leaders Program Secondary Our program opens doors for remote Indigenous students to access high quality education in culturally inclusive environments. We support students in

Secondary student enrolments 2005-13

2013 12

partnership with families and schools so that our students are equipped to take


full advantage of the opportunities before them. The program provides holistic support to students, schools and families through Indigenous workers who are on-the-ground in the locations that students have orbited to.


2012 9

The CYLP secondary school scholarship program is different to many others

78 5

in that it requires parents to have ‘skin in the game’ and to provide a financial contribution to support their child’s education opportunity. While the actual amount is modest, it is a significant contribution as our families are not high

2011 3

income earners. Research shows that on average Cape York Indigenous students significantly

56 2

under-perform when compared to non-Indigenous students. Across year


levels, Indigenous students are between two and four years behind the non-

7 38

Indigenous average. The use of DI in CYAAA schools across Hope Vale,


Aurukun and Coen means students are progressing at an accelerated rate and we are starting to see an increase in numbers of students achieving literacy benchmarks. Along with CYAAA, CYLP is, by every measure, addressing the

2009 2 38

education crisis in Cape York. • We successfully pursued a strategy to significantly increase our scholarship numbers in 2011 and 2012 by 50 per cent; a total increase of 59 new scholarship agreements were entered into. In 2012, we welcomed 32


2008 2 33

new students and in 2013 another 13 new students. This means we have supported 77 students each year over a two year period. • This year, we have again reached our target of all Year 12 students due to


2007 4

graduate with the exception of one over a two year period, meaning our


students are achieving close to 100 per cent completion rate. Please see the graph for our retention and graduation rates over our program’s life.


2006 1 20 2

Hopefully in the future, all Indigenous people may be able to experience the best of both worlds. To live a life filled with opportunity and choices, choices that enable us to engage with the global economy and to form decisions based on our own opinion and understanding, so that we as a people may be able to fully enjoy our nation’s wealth. – Shonae Hobson, Academic Leader Secondary, 2013

2005 0 11 7

Graduated students Total students Student withdrawals

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Cape York Leaders Program 25 The success of our Academic Leaders is supported by the hard work and achievements of our partner schools. Our work would not be possible without their support and commitment to the education and care of every individual student. We are proud to partner with leading schools that have established Indigenous education programs and good relationships with Indigenous families. We select schools based on their capacity to engage Indigenous students in high quality learning and leadership through culturally inclusive practices. Through these partnerships, we can provide opportunities to students who are enthusiastic about learning and being successful in life. Our schools commit to working with CYLP staff to achieve the best possible outcome for each student. Over time, CYLP has increased the number and proportion of male secondary CYLP students; there is now 40 per cent female students and 35 per cent male students in CYLP’s secondary program. Year 12 student enrolments and graduations 2012-13

2013 12

92.3% graduation rate


2012 9

100% graduation rate


Graduated students Total students

Number of CYLP secondary students per year level 2013 11

Year 8 16

Year 9 21

14 13

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Number of CYLP secondary students per year level 2012 18

Year 8 19

16 12 9

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

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26 Cape York Leaders Program Brisbane Boys College, Toowong A day and boarding school for boys from Prep to Year 12 Brisbane Boys College students are supported within the context of a caring college community. Each student is nurtured and educated to develop his God-given talents to the best of his ability through a balanced involvement in the academic, spiritual, sporting and cultural life of the college.

Total Indigenous population [20] CYLP students [9] Total student population [1575]

Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane A non-denominational day and boarding school for boys Years 6 to 12 Brisbane Grammar School aspires to be the best school for boys in Australia, and an international leader in teaching and learning. The school is committed to offering premium educational

Total Indigenous population [9]

and leadership opportunities for boys of all backgrounds,

CYLP students [5]

strengthening its global connections, and building a vibrant

Total student population [1432]

school community among students, parents, staff, Old Boys and the broader society.

Clayfield College, Brisbane A day school for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12 and boys from Pre-Prep to Year 5 and boarding for girls, from Years 5 to 12 Clayfield College is committed to improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students by ensuring continued access to quality education, improving literacy and numeracy achievement,





practice, and increasing the number of students attaining a Year 12 qualification.

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Total Indigenous population [20] CYLP students [2] Total student population [904]


Cape York Leaders Program 27 Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers Offers from Prep to Year 12, including boarding The aim of Columba Catholic College’s academic program is to provide students with opportunities to: attain academic excellence, receive a broad general education, gain life skills

Total Indigenous population [52]

function as members of society, and develop as independent, life-long learners. The school assists students to obtain

CYLP students [6]

qualifications that enable them to proceed to further education

Total student population [517]

and employment pathways.

Marist College, Brisbane A Catholic boys’ day and boarding school in the Marist tradition At Marist College students are encouraged to demonstrate good scholarship, a love of learning, independence in thought and action, and the readiness to take responsibility for their

Total Indigenous population [35]

own formation. Members of the college family strive to act

CYLP students [7]

courageously and stand in solidarity, committed to the creation

Total student population [1608]

of a more just world.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, Rockhampton Provides non-denominational education for girls from Prep to Year 12 with boarding available from Year 6 Rockhampton Girls Grammar School aims to offer much more than academic programs and subject offerings, and to

Total Indigenous population [29]

make the school special through its people, cultures of mutual respect, open communication and focus on students being

CYLP students [6]

at the centre of learning. The school believes that girls will

Total student population [347]

thrive and achieve their best in an environment where they feel secure, valued and affirmed.

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28 Cape York Leaders Program St Peters Lutheran College, Brisbane Offers Prep to Year 12 education with day and boarding options St Peters Lutheran College values a student-centred environment in which students feel safe and are encouraged to serve others and their community with confidence.

Total Indigenous population [42]

St Peters seek to provide a holistic approach to education

CYLP students [10]

focusing on equity, diversity, individuality and multiculturalism.

Total student population [2123]

Stuartholme School, Brisbane A secondary Catholic girls’ day and boarding school At the centre of Sacred Heart education is the deep concern for each student’s total development: spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical. A Sacred Heart school emphasises serious study, social responsibility, personal growth and resilience, wise decision-making and lays the foundations for a strong faith.

Total Indigenous population [20] CYLP students [15] Total student population [647]

The Cathedral School, Townsville An Anglican school for boys and girls from early childhood to Year 12, including boarding students from Year 7 to 12 The Cathedral School aims to be a centre for academic excellence and to encourage an understanding of the spiritual

Total Indigenous population [48]

and moral aspects of life. The school seeks to inspire students through creative, purposeful, enjoyable learning to reach their full potential.

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CYLP students [12] Total student population [663]


Cape York Leaders Program 29 Trinity Anglican School, Cairns A day school catering for students from Kindergarten through to Year 12 The Trinity Anglican School enjoys high academic standards within a disciplined learning environment, great student achievements and a program that caters for the widest range

Total Indigenous population [13]

of student abilities and talents, so that the focus is on each

CYLP students [1]

individual. Students strive for excellence and are encouraged

Total student population [1037]

to participate fully in all areas of school life to unlock and realise their potential.1 1. From 2013 Trinity Anglican School has no longer been a CYLP partner school as the school does not have boarding facilities.

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30 Cape York Leaders Program Tertiary

Tertiary student enrolments 2009-13

The tertiary phase maximises educational and career opportunities by


strengthening talented Indigenous students’ academic, social and emotional


capabilities, allowing them to go on to prosper within the workforce. Our students are provided with ongoing case management and support networks throughout their education, including a strong focus on the early stages. Historically students who are supported through CYLP to complete their

38 1

2012 1 31

first year of study, have a higher propensity of completion of their degree; our data indicates a success rate greater than 90 per cent. Our support helps students adjust to the new tertiary environment and expectations during their first year and beyond.


2011 2 33 6

There are students currently in the program who are studying in the areas of nursing, dentistry, media, film and TV, law, business, and sports and exercise science.

2010 7 36 8

I am now a strong believer that education is the key to a successful future. – Jahmillah Johnson, Academic Leader Tertiary, 2013

I found that when a dream is mixed with confidence, determination, persistence and belief, it grows into reality. – Diana David, Academic Leader Tertiary, 2013

2009 2 38 10

Graduated students Total students Student withdrawals

I have had nothing but a positive journey, a journey that has provided many challenges but greater outcomes. – Tanay Ropeyarn, Academic Leader Tertiary, 2013

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Cape York Leaders Program 31 Our tertiary phase students are offered scholarships to some of the country’s leading universities from Cairns Seisia Umagico

New Mapoon

Bamaga Injinoo CYLP partner universities have an to Melbourne. All Old Mapoon

established Indigenous student Lockhart River support unit, the School Weipa



of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS). They also have

Charles Darwin University


Coen established the Indigenous Tutoring Assistant Scheme Pormpuraaw

Cairns James Cook University

Hopevale (ITAS) to provide free tutorial assistance to Aboriginal Kowanyama Cooktown Laura

Wujal Wujal throughout their and Torres Strait Islander students Mossman

Townsville James Cook University

Cairns Yarrabah studies. All CYI partner universities provide additional

support, including through student association bodies, Island committees, Indigenous staff,Palm alumni of Indigenous

students, Indigenous specific orientation workshops, programs, induction seminars and mentoring programs. Brisbane

Percentage of CYLP tertiary students at partner universities

Griffith University University of Queensland

Deakin University Swinburne University The University of Melbourne


10 %






Seisia Umagico Injinoo

New Mapoon Bamaga

JCU [76%]

Old Mapoon

Deakin [5%]

Lockhart River

Weipa Napranum

Melbourne [3%] Swinburne [3%]

Aurukun Coen

Griffith [10%]

Pormpuraaw Kowanyama Laura

Hopevale Cooktown

Charles Darwin [3%]

Wujal Wujal Mossman



Palm Island

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32 Cape York Leaders Program Academic Leaders highlights Tertiary highlights • Thirty-one tertiary students are supported through the Academic Leaders program in 2012. • Two students present at the International Undergraduate Women’s Global Leaders conference in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on global social, economic and cultural sustainability in future development, March 2012. • Students attend the National Student Leadership Forum in Canberra, September 2012. • A two day student induction workshop to equip members with the skills and tools to succeed at university held in Cairns, December 2012.

Secondary highlights • All nine Year 12 students graduate successfully, December 2012. • All graduates attend the Australian Government’s Indigenous Youth Leaders Program Gala Ceremony in Canberra, November 2012. • Six graduates enter tertiary education to study nursing, science, business, and sport and exercise science and three enter the workforce, February 2013. • Year 10 and new Year 11 students attend a four day National Indigenous Youth Leaders Program gathering in Canberra, August 2012. The students are involved in workshops and activities that focus on leadership and personal development. • The recruitment campaign results in 13 secondary students being offered scholarships for Years 8-10 in 2013. • The ninth Annual Leadership Camp is held on the Gold Coast, January 2013. • Seniors in 2013 set a wonderful example for younger students. Schools identify quality leadership skills in some of our students and select them as year level representatives and school captains. It is great to have our partner schools recognise our talented students.

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• Existing tertiary leaders meet and reflect on their efforts, discuss ways to support each other and stay on track with their studies, and exchange tips and tools to make the most of their university experience, December 2012. • One of our students is selected from over 200 applicants to participate in the Australia India Institute’s ten day study tour of India and Australia to strengthen relations by bringing high achieving students together, February 2013. • Seven students commence first year tertiary studies in 2013, bringing the total number of tertiary students supported through the Academic Leaders program to 38. • Three tertiary students appointed to leadership positions representing their fellow students on committees and associations within their respective university communities in 2013. • Three students will graduate in 2013 with Bachelors of Business, Nursing, Law, Film Media and Television. The business graduate has already found employment with Djarragun Enterprises as the Program Manager.


Cape York Leaders Program 33 Youth, Skilling and Excelling Leaders CYLP has provided many Indigenous Cape York adults with specialised training and support to become motivated leaders and role models. From January 2012, this program stepped boldly in a new direction ready to embrace future opportunities for its members. Now branded Youth Leaders, Skilling Leaders and Excelling Leaders, these three phases offer customised programs and opportunities for members of all ages to develop into better natural leaders and build succession leadership outcomes. A new two year program with options for ongoing opportunities was created to help aspiring and current leaders of Cape York balance life’s demands. ‘Walking in two worlds’ involves managing the complexities of cultural expectations, family, community pressures and challenging existing social norms, whilst meeting day to day demands. • The Youth Leaders phase is designed to support potential future leaders with governance and managerial skills, build confidence and provide an orbiting experience to solidify training into the workforce. Youth Leaders undertake studies to obtain a Certificate II business qualification. The Youth Leaders will provide the next generation of leaders the ability to embed positive social norms and

• The Excelling Leaders phase is a two year scholarship encompassing 18 months of Executive Leadership Training and six months of mentor training. The Executive Leadership Training draws from the NeuroPower framework. It uses insights from philosophy, psychology, sociology, neuroscience and management theory to provide an integrated way of understanding human behaviour and driving individual, team and organisational performance. Supported by rigorous and extensive academic, leadership and neuroscience research this framework is delivered in Australia’s top corporate organisations and academic institutions to drive and sustain high performance. NeuroPower is recognised as a world leader for developing greatness in leadership, management and sustainable behavioral change. Finally, the CYLP continues to invest in developing mentoring supports. A six month mentor training supports leadership development and equips individuals with the necessary tools to appropriately act as a CYLP mentor to members of other phases of the CYLP program. Only those members that have exhibited leadership qualities, high potential and strong engagement with the community, can participate in this phase. Youth, Skilling and Excelling Leaders enrolments 2012-13

influence sustainable economic change in Cape York. 11

• The Skilling Leaders phase has been designed to


support existing leadership in Cape York. Leaders of 10

Cape York must tackle a variety of roles and positions, and the Skilling phase provides the opportunity to support and invest in community leadership, providing


leaders with essential skills in an environment to


connect, network, share learnings and experiences


with other Cape York leaders. -- There are two different training modules available to the members of the Skilling Leaders. Participation is assessed based on ability, aspiration and community engagement, which is endorsed by the CYLP Steering Committee. -- Skilling Leaders are equipped with skills that support personal, team and business development. They work to obtain an accredited qualification through quality training institutions. Cape York Institute For Policy & Le adership


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Mentoring The CYLP mentoring program was formally implemented

Members who aspire to learn and grow are matched

in 2013. It gives leaders the option of being mentored and,

to mentors who are willing and proficient at imparting

at an appropriate stage for their growth, also provides the

knowledge and skills, with the appropriate strengths

opportunity for members to be trained as mentors. The

and experience most suitable for the mentee. There

program is designed to create a strong network of support

are currently 23 mentors undertaking the accreditation

and shared experience for mentees throughout their

process and CYLP is hoping to grow this number in 2014.

journey. It focuses on the Skilling and Excelling phases and CYLP leadership phases. The mentoring program provides

Mentoring model

structure, tools and guidance. The program supports

Leadership training and development

members to: • reinforce the Cape York Agenda • support other members of the CYLP and assist with

Work experience and secondment opportunities

Individual Leadership plan

the induction of new members of the program

• learn organisational skills • share knowledge and experiences

CYLP Member





M a nag e m e

CYLP goals • access corporate connections and share professional skills • impact positively on families and communities • increase an individual’s productivity and contribution • create a more diverse pool of leaders. Cape York Institute For Policy & Le adership

Social and other support Executive coaching and mentoring


• access employers with a good understanding of

a M an geme t




• undertake succession planning


helps mentees integrate essential learning from previous

Scholarships for boarding school and tertiary study


Cape York Leaders Program 35 Youth, Skilling and Excelling Leaders highlights Youth Leaders highlights

Skilling Leaders highlights

Excelling Leaders highlights

• Eleven Youth Leaders

• Forty-six Skilling Leaders are

• Ten Excelling Leaders

commence a Certificate II

supported by CYLP.

business qualification with

• Sixteen Skilling Leaders

Skill360 Australia. • Individual leadership

undertake an executive and mentorship module.

undertake a Certificate IV in Frontline Management.

• Excelling Leaders complete a 360 degree feedback and

development plans complete

• Skilling Leaders receive training

and personal goals set for all

in leadership, public speaking

insight into their current


and communication.

leadership capabilities.

• Youth Leaders participate in

assessment process to provide

• Individual leadership plans

• Individual leadership plans

CYI’s Natural Leaders Module,

complete and personal goals set

complete and personal goals set

public speaking, communication

for all participants.

for all participants.

and leadership development delivered by CYLP staff.

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36 Financial statement 2012-13 Income Grants Received Operating Revenue Other Income Total Operating Income

Expenses Personnel Expenses

4,874,435 950,865 750 $5,826,050


Premises Costs


Professional Services


Project Specific Purchases


Other Operating Expenses


Depreciation Charge Total Operating Expenses

15,311 $5,814,464

Results from Operating Activities


Net Finance Income


Tax Expense

Net Surplus for the Period



The above statement has been prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. I hereby certify that all funding received has been expended for the Project in accordance with the Funding Agreement. All salaries and allowances paid have been in accordance with the relevant Award.

Catherine McWatters Chief Financial Officer Cape York Group Cairns 2013

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Presentations 37 Young Leaders on the Move, Cairns Business Liaison Association, 3 August 2012 – Fiona Jose Australian Institute of Management awards finalist, Cairns Region, 30 August 2012 – Fiona Jose Community Cabinet Meeting, 16 September 2012 – Fiona Jose Department of Foreign Affairs, United Nations Security Council, 24 September 2012 – Fiona Jose CYAAA Conference, Effective Teaching, 4 October 2012 – Fiona Jose Australian Institute of Management, Not For Profit Manager of the Year, 6 November 2012 – Fiona Jose University of Wisconsin, 10 January 2013 – Fiona Jose Joe Welch Bursary Trust Presentation, 5 February 2013 – Noel Pearson Constitutional Reform, 6 February 2013 – Noel Pearson Coalition Address, 13 March 2013 – Noel Pearson NSW Ministerial Advisory Group on Literacy and Numeracy, 18 March 2013 – Noel Pearson WA and NT Indigenous Leaders Consultation Tour, 18–25 March 2013 – Noel Pearson NPY Women’s Council (Marcia Langton Dinner), 10 April 2013 – Noel Pearson VIC and NSW Indigenous Leaders Consultation Tour, 10–12 April 2013 – Noel Pearson Marcia Langton book launch 15 April 2013 – Noel Pearson National Disability Insurance Scheme roundtable, 15 April 2013 – Noel Pearson Second Round of Native Title Workshops for Anthropologists, James Cook University, 19 April 2013 – Noel Pearson Jawun Executives Tour of Cape York, 29-30 April 2013 – Noel Pearson FRC book launch ‘Taking Responsibility Queensland’s Family Responsibilities Commission’, 7 May 2013 – Noel Pearson Jawun Board, 17 May 2013 – Noel Pearson The National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, 25 May 2013 – Noel Pearson Queensland Music Festival Launch, 29 May 2013 – Noel Pearson NITV Awaken interview, 31 May 2013 – Fiona Jose Cape York Institute For Policy & Le adership


38 Publications Noel Pearson — The Australian Spin doctors turn Cape success story into failure The Weekend Australian 26 November 2012 The Aboriginal ‘community’ amounts to a dangerous myth for some and an alibi for others The Weekend Australian 8 December 2012 Keating and the speech we had to have The Weekend Australian 10 December 2012 Policy failures make for poor reading across the nation The Weekend Australian 15 December 2012 Violating the right to health, safety and freedom from violence The Weekend Australian 22 December 2012 Despite appearances, the US President won the great tax fight with the republicans The Weekend Australian 29 December 2012 Reform backflip The Weekend Australian 4 April 2013 One-size-fits-all is an inappropriate approach to lifting school standards across the board The Weekend Australian 6 April 2013 Heroes of Redfern walk the walk The Weekend Australian 13 April 2013 Welfare tragic for indigenous Australians, says Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson The Weekend Australian 16 April 2013 Call for Welfare trial to help reunite families The Weekend Australian 8 May 2013 Networks of opportunity involving the private sector are vital The Weekend Australian 11 May 2013 Great leadership and skill shine through in Gillard’s Disability Care The Weekend Australian 18 May 2013 Next step is for Australia to leave race behind The Weekend Australian 25 May 2013 In tune with the rhythms of learning The Weekend Australian 8 June 2013 Recent indigenous policy failures can’t be pinned on Aborigines The Weekend Australian 15 June 2013

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Publications 39 Other publications Policy and Research: key policy papers and submissions from 2009 to 2012 October 2012 – CYI Why we need constitutional reform: recognition and equality Australian Law Students’ Association Reporter October 2012 – Shireen Morris Submission provided to Minister Jenny Macklin on the draft bill for an Act of Recognition November 2012 – CYI Submission provided to the Carmody Child Protection Commission of Inquiry April 2013 – Zoe Ellerman CYI’s argument for constitutional reform on the basis of recognition and equality before the law Castan Centre, Reconciliation Week May 2013 – Shireen Morris Submission to the Queensland Government’s Review of Alcohol Management Plans December 2013 – Zoe Ellerman

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Cape York Institute Annual Report

Annual Report 2012-13  

Cape York Institute Annual Report