The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) has been recognised for Outstanding Achievement in The Australian Charity Awards 2016. The Australian Charity Award for Outstanding Achievement [OAA] recognises charitable organisations that have achieved outstanding results through initiatives that have significantly benefited charitable causes.

Initially formed as part of an economic development plan for the Yolŋu people in the Northern Territory, The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) was initially a group of seven community stores who set about investing in the local community.

Today ALPA has grown to own and operate 14 companies and employ over 800 aboriginal people. By emphasising local employment, training, career pathways, customer service and safety, APLA has strived to promote the health of aboriginal communities through economic development.

By independently creating Indigenous owned businesses in remote locations, APLA have aimed to increase access to services and employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians. These businesses are intended as catalysts to deliver improvements in health, training and education, as well as funding programs for cultural support, business mentoring and medical assistance.

The ALPA board of directors oversee and analyse the financials of all business units, determining objectives and areas of focus which align with the company’s mission statement. ALPA then works alongside the local community, establishing supply chains and developing mentoring programs. This local emphasis provides a foundation for close collaboration with the community and is designed to foster inclusive economic development.

Being Indigenous owned and governed helps to ensure that the initiatives and businesses that are operated and investigated have community backing from a “grass roots” level ensuring community acceptance. Training programs are developed to meet the needs of learners in this respect, providing them with relevant foundational training that blends well with vocational training.

Over the last 5 years ALPA have more than doubled the number of Indigenous people they employ and have increased revenue across the business group by 60%. This has coincided with a two-fold increase in activities investment, which includes sponsoring ceremonies, local sporting teams and festivals.

The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.

Entry is open to all registered charities throughout Australia. The program is open to charitable organisations including charitable funds and charitable institutions located in Australia. Charitable institutions include Public Benevolent Institutions and Health Promotion Charities.

Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.

Entries are assessed utilising a robust and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

The Australian Charity Awards have been established to identify, recognise and reward organisations for the exceptional work undertaken through their charitable activities. The Australian Charity Awards are a method assessed program providing organisations with the opportunity to have their projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The Awards provide the ultimate platform for charitable organisations to build knowledge and raise awareness of their causes through increased exposure, recognition and acknowledgement.