NACCHO Constitution

Membership of NACCHO is open to member organisations of our State or Territory peak Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

(ACCHS’s) affiliated with NACCHO that have been deemed by the respective peak body to have met the following criteria for membership:

  • an incorporated Aboriginal organisation
  • initiated by a local Aboriginal community
  • based in a local Aboriginal community
  • governed by an Aboriginal body that is elected by the local Aboriginal community, and
  • delivering a holistic and culturally appropriate health service to the Community that controls it.

Under the Articles of Association NACCHO Membership does not permit:

  • organisations controlled by Government to any extent, and
  • organisations that do not provide holistic comprehensive primary health care services.

The NACCHO Constitution also provides for Associate Membership status – this means Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Committees, which are elected by a local Aboriginal community with the objective of establishing a Local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, yet deemed by a State or Territory peak Aboriginal community controlled health body affiliated with NACCHO and the NACCHO Board not to have yet met the NACCHO criteria for membership but who are recognised by NACCHO to exercise an essential part in the enhancement of Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Services.

Corporations Act (2001)

NACCHO is a public Company Limited by Guarantee, not having a share capital and incorporated under the Commonwealth Corporations Act (2001).

NACCHO Constitution

NACCHO Members have approved a Constitution (in effect a “contract” between the owners and the entity) which sets out:

  • who it is (name)
  • who owns it (members)
  • its purpose (objects)
  • what it can do (powers), and
  • how power and control is exercised (rules).

Download a copy of the NACCHO Constitution


The NACCHO Board

NACCHO’s 16 member Board is elected by the 140+ ACCHs (Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations) that are NACCHO members. It is made up of one delegate each from the ACT and Tasmania, two delegates each from the remaining six jurisdictions, and a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson.

Elections for delegates to the NACCHO Board are held annually to coincide with each Affiliate’s Annual General Meetings. However, the full NACCHO Membership elects NACCHO’s Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson for three-year terms at triennial Annual General Meetings of NACCHO Members.

The NACCHO Board’s role is to meet at least two and up to four times each year to:

  • make decisions regarding the strategic policy directions of the organisation, and
  • develop, monitor and review the NACCHO Strategic Plan, approve the annual business plan, and monitor its implementation through six monthly reports against agreed KPIs maintain and strengthen connections between the Affiliates, Membership and the NACCHO Board.

Effective governance

The keys to the effective governance of NACCHO are the performance of its Board and the quality of three sets of working relationships: namely, between the Chief Executive Officer and the Board Chairperson, between the NACCHO Board and Members, and NACCHO’s relationship with its Affiliates.

Governance-members02The Chief Executive Officer – Board Chairperson relationship

The basis for healthy working relationships with the Secretariat is a strong, cooperative and respectful relationship between the CEO and the Board Chairperson based on their different but complementary roles. The NACCHO Board sets organisational priorities and develops the Strategic Plan under the leadership of the Chairperson and with active support from the CEO. The Chairperson liaises with the CEO to ensure these priorities are understood and translated into agreed activities that the Secretariat undertakes through an annual Business Plan. This is monitored by the CEO and progress reviewed with the Chairperson and Board.

The NACCHO Board – Membership relationship

Maintaining and strengthening the connections between the Membership and the NACCHO Board is a responsibility for all 16 NACCHO Board Members, especially through their positions on Boards of our Affiliates. It also involves special attention from the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of NACCHO.

The NACCHO – State and Territory NACCHO Affiliates relationship

NACCHO Board Members are aware of NACCHO Member expectations and priorities through their direct contact and direction at meetings of their jurisdictional Affiliate. This is a significant advantage that NACCHO possesses over many other national peak bodies.

NACCHO and its Affiliates have a strong working relationship. To ensure the most effective way of channeling the high volume of two-way communication required to coordinate feedback on policy development, advocacy, and priorities at a national level, ongoing improvement strategies are fostered.

NACCHO has coordinated many national projects involving its Affiliates, so there is a long-standing history of collaboration to achieve shared goals that result in benefits at a jurisdictional and national level. The NACCHO Board has also endorsed a process to out-source national projects, within the parameters of expertise within our Affiliates, to ensure an effective and stronger working relationship between all our peak organisations.