The Accountable Authority of the CLC hereby presents the 2015–16 annual performance statement. In our opinion, it is based on properly maintained records which accurately reflect the performance of the entity and comply with subsection 39(2) of the PGPA Act.
As described in the 2015–16 Corporate Plan, the purposes ascribed comprise the powers and functions on Aboriginal Land Rights Act and to fulfil the responsibility as a Native Title Representative Body under the Native Title Act 1993. These functions and powers are embodied in the strategic goals listed below. For the qualitative assessment of the achievement of these goals refer to the pages of this annual report referenced:
A performance information framework was developed that ensures that properly maintained records are the basis of the reported performance and facilitates the selection of performance information / metrics to measure organisational performance. Performance is monitored by 36 dashboards, each including a series of measures that are categorised by each of the eight strategic goals. The dashboards include a six-year history of actual performance, the corporate plan target, and the forecasts for the following three financial years.
The table overleaf contains 47 key performance items. These are selected from each of the dashboards and are measures from the CLC performance information system that best represent the key aspirations of the Council and its constituents for 2015–16.
Analysis of performance against purpose
The factors that influence achievement of purpose are mainly:
Resource constraints: reliance upon ‘estimates’ (budget) approved the Minister for Indigenous Affairs for allocations form the Aboriginal Benefits Account (ABA) and the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (for key programs such as Native Title Representative Body functions and the Ranger Program). The Australian Government pursued a policy of strict control and productivity improvement.
External demand: key statutory functions include obtaining Aboriginal traditional owner consent for use of Aboriginal land, a large component is related to mining exploration and mining agreements. The downturn in the mining industry has some impact on the level of use applications. However, in some functions (such as anthropological) the mining downturn has been offset by increases in other activities related to community development and leasing of Aboriginal land.
Aboriginal constituent demand: the CLC receives income due to traditional owners for royalties and compensation related to mining and other land use activities. Increasingly communities have assigned some of these proceeds to community development activities which are supported and administered by the CLC’s community development unit. There has been exponential growth in this area, with project expenditure increasing from approximately $4 million per annum five years ago to approximately $9 million in each of the past two financial years.
Improved productivity: productivity improvement is constantly sought, enabling the organisation to improve services. A key achievement has been the pursuit of a ‘transportation’ strategy to simultaneously improve productivity and achieve cost savings. A large fleet of vehicles travel large distances remotely. The strategy, based on a transportation expert study, will result in a change to the fleet ‘mix’ (type of vehicle) and number (reduction). The strategy commenced in late 2015–16, but is being progressively implemented over three years as vehicles are due for replacement. The benefits will be maximised in the final year of the current corporate plan.
The non-financial results for 2015–16 generally indicate outcomes aligned to expectations, with some minor variations.
Annual performance statement: actual v target
Target as per 2015–16 Corporate Plan
Executive meetings held
Aboriginal Rights and Interests Protection
Publications produced (e.g. Land Rights News, Council News, CD News, ranger newsletters, CD community newsletters)
CLC web page access rate (visits)
Land Ownership and Interests
Finalised – Consent Determination handed down
CLC – total region size (square km)
Traditional owner 'ownership' (square km)
Mining – future act meetings – NT holder identification field trips
Non-mining – Indigenous Land Use Agreements – negotiated and registered
Native Title – mining agreements
Leasing – consents obtained – all
Leasing – current leases and licences – CLAs – all
Anthropological advice issued – total
Native title meetings and consultations – Post Determination
Land claims finalised
Permits issued – access / entry Aboriginal land (all types)
Ranger Program – rangers employed FTE
Ranger Program – turnover (annual / trend) (%)
Ranger Program – fire management burns
Ranger Program – training – certificates awarded
Culture and Heritage Protection
Total funerals assisted
Cultural heritage management plans / projects completed, progressed or supported
Sacred Site Clearance Certificates (SSCC) / other advice issued
Advocacy and representation
Ceremonial activity – regional payments – ABA s64(4) funded ($000)
Funeral payments – ABA s64(4) funded ($000)
Economic Development and Income Management
Exploration titles applications – completed (includes those withdrawn during negotiating period)