Abstract: A collective body of evidence is accumulating indicating that the Family Responsibilities Commission ('FRC'), which has been operating in the Indigenous community of Aurukun in Cape York Queensland since mid 2008, has been accepted as a legitimate form of authority by community members and has laid the foundation for social change. The FRC is providing leadership within the community that cuts across what was previously thought to be impenetrable boundaries of Indigenous clan and family. This has significant implications for future Indigenous social policy formation and presents a rationale that the FRC should be viewed as an Indigenous governance building program, and an entity separate to the Cape York Welfare Reform Program, its original parent program.
To cite this article: Le Marseny, Stuart. The family responsibilities commission: Building indigenous leadership and laying the foundation for social change in Aurukun [online]. Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 1, July/Aug 2012: 23-26.
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