Darwin Regional Indigenous
Advancement & CDEP Incorporated (DRIACDEP) is a not-for-profit community
organisation supporting and promoting Indigenous people in Darwin and
the surrounding region.
Established in June 2000,
following extensive consultations with the Indigenous community in the
Darwin region. From these discussions, a unique governance model was
developed with representation and participation based on regional community
organisations rather than individual members.
These arrangements include
special acknowledgement of the Larrakia people and the Stolen Generations
within the constitution - in recognition of both traditional ownership
of country and our recent history which saw many Indigenous children
removed from their families and placed into institutions in Darwin and
The central object of the
Association is the relief of the poverty, sickness, helplessness, suffering,
misfortune, serious economic disadvantage of the Aboriginal people of
Darwin and the surrounding Yilli Rreung Region. (DRIACDEP Constitution)
DRIACDEP has grown markedly
over the years, beginning with 50 participants (via the Aboriginal Development
Foundation), and progressing to be a major service provider to the region
for community and employment services. DRIACDEP has successfully developed
and delivered community and economic services to urban, regional and
remote Indigenous communities in the greater Darwin region.
Over recent years, numerous
government policy and program changes have had obvious impact on our
communities and the operational framework of our organisation. DRIACDEP
continues its commitment to development and delivery of appropriate
services to our communities and to strategically position ourselves
for the future. Our current services include:
Support Services -
through the delivery of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP),
Ironbark Community Support Service and Ironbark Money Management Services
& Training - through
Ironbark Employments's delivery of Job Services Australia arrangements
through our Job Futures membership
Development - through
the establishment of Ironbark Transport and Aboriginal Bush Traders
retail, tourism and bush harvest activities.
Through our partnership
arrangement with Ironbark (NT) Employment and Training Incorporated
(a separate community organisation), DRIACDEP assist with the delivery
of Night Patrol Services to Acacia Larrakia and Belyuen communities.
Ironbark (NT) and DRIACDEP
are also in the process of establishing Ironbark Labour Hire.
Through our partnership
with Aboriginal Bush Traders Limited (a separate not-for-profit company),
DRIACDEP continue to assist with the ongoing development of economic
activities in our communities.