Culture legitimate accountability
: finding the balance for Indigenous communities

  • Bronwyn Jean Rossingh

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


    In this thesis it is argued that Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and the Federal and State governments of Australia operate from very different philosophical world views. These positions prevent a mutual and meaningful understanding of the relationship between the accounting management of program funding and the requirements of accountability for that funding. This disjunction contributes to governments underachieving in reducing Indigenous disadvantage. As this disjunction is perpetuated, large amounts of funding are directed at Indigenous communities without producing substantial outcomes. This study provides insights into the cultural differences that play a key role in preventing the management, and to a degree the intent, of government funding from achieving legitimacy in remote Aboriginal communities. In this context legitimacy refers to the extent to which the funding programs represent the community’s decisions in accordance with their beliefs and values (Cornell, Jorgenson and Kalt, 2007). The central thrust of this thesis is to propose the need for intercultural partnerships between these communities and governments to achieve an ‘accountability’ that has a shared meaning, greater local legitimacy and ultimately improved outcomes.
    Date of Award2014
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorRolf Gerritsen (Supervisor)

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