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Empowered Communities and 
Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Empowered Communities

Empowered Communities

Empowered Communities (EC) was formed by prominent Indigenous Leaders from eight regions across Australia with the intention of influencing policy and social reforms in government and communities across Australia. The body has now grown to ten regions, and these leaders are working with the backbone organisations in those regions, along with local, state and federal governments to influence change and embedding Indigenous voices in all aspects of reform.

In their framework, Empowered Communities has identified two aspects to their definition of Empowerment which is at the heart of  empowering Indigenous people and communities.

1) Indigenous people empowering themselves by taking all appropriate and necessary powers and responsibilities for their own lives and futures.

2) Commonwealth, state and territory governments sharing and where applicable, relinquishing certain powers and responsibilities to Indigenous people and communities, and then supporting them with resources and capability building.

The Empowered Communities: Empowered Peoples Design Report is the culmination of 18 months of engagement and design work by Indigenous leaders, communities and organisations across the eight Empowered Communities regions. In it, EC propose a range of reforms that build on decades of effort by Indigenous peoples to reclaim control in driving our own priorities for development.







Use the link below to find out more about Empowered Communities


Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Empowered Communities

In 2019, Empowered Communities recognised the amazing work occurring in the Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong region to influence change in the community; work that was already being done by the Ngarrindjeri people. They approached us and asked us to become part of the Empowered Communities family. From this, Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Empowered Communities (NREC) was born.

NREC is the connector between the community, corporate and government bodies. We are the communities’ ears, listening to every Ngarrindjeri person and their desires for community and transforming this into the voice that is needed in government. We were created by Ngarrindjeri, for Ngarrindjeri.

Our vision is the Ngarrindjeri vision, and we are working to create priorities and a regional development agenda which reflect the voices and feedback we have gathered from those in the community.

To learn more about our vision and our priorities, follow the links below.

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