ALPA members are represented by a Board of Directors. Each community has two representatives on the Board. These two representatives are:
A traditional landowner’s representative
The community representative (generally nominated by the local store committee)
Board Members are confirmed at Annual General Meetings.
Most ALPA Board Meetings are held in Arnhemland. At each Board meeting, ALPA engages an independent interpreter to assist in the explanation of financial matters, policy, legal requirements, matters of organisational structure and issues relating to governance. The approach uses relevant language and concepts from traditional Aboriginal economic and legal parallels. The interpreter is there to promote 2-way understanding between Directors and Management. ALPA has developed a unique method to give a visual hands on and readily understood explanation of profit and loss statements and budget planning sessions. This methodology, or ‘money story,’ is in demand at a number of other external Aboriginal client organisations. Similar activities to those conducted at the Board meeting are provided at a local level in each community in between, and in preparation for, each quarterly Board meeting; the participants being store workers and members of the ALPA store committee in each locality.
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