Late last year AMRRIC leadership unveiled the new strategic plan for the organisation heading into 2015. Board members, staff, and other stakeholders were involved in designing a new blueprint and set of priorities for AMRRIC’s mission to improve health and welfare outcomes, not only for animals, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as a whole.
Read AMRRIC’s Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015.
The reasons behind our reevaluation and new strategic direction are many. An ever-changing environment of stakeholder staff turnover, shifts in policies, cultural differences and multiple language groups has created many unique challenges for AMRRIC.
Our operating context is fluid! AMRRIC is also impacted by policies that bring disparate language and cultural groups together. Larger towns mean increased focus on animal management - dog bites and animal welfare will be higher on the agenda and AMRRIC needs to respond appropriately.
High levels of complexity present particular challenges to building long term, sustainable and comprehensive animal management programs and make significant demands on AMRRIC’s resources. Changes to federal and local government approaches to these matters are likely over time. AMRRIC needs to continue to lobby for sustainable support models for Indigenous Animal Management Workers; for effective community consultation as the basis of by-law formulation; and to ensure the best use of scarce available resources.
AMRRIC also must maintain its national focus. AMRRIC has a large number of unique educational resources that need to be delivered strategically in order to reach a greater audience across remote communities.
Limiting our funding sources to government funding would form a significant threat to AMRRIC’s long- term sustainability. AMRRIC’s national profile and success have created huge expectations from our target groups, needing careful management. With high demand for our services and a myriad of growth opportunities, a sustainable funding base and strong governance need to underpin each goal and strategy.
With these challenges in mind, the following objectives were identified as key to reaching our collective vision -
Objective 1: Deliver effective, sustainable animal management programs in remote Indigenous communities through building capacity across all levels of government, Animal Management Workers, communities and AMRRIC itself
Objective 2: Develop and implement a high quality AMRRIC education strategy (suite of activities across school, community, organisations)
Objective 3: Advocate and partner with other organisations to enhance the management of animal and human health and welfare issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Objective 4: Remain a financially viable not for profit organisation with autonomy and flexibility to deliver services nationally and achieve its strategic goals
Objective 5: Advocate and partner with other organisations to enhance the management of animal and human health and welfare issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Objective 6: Remain a financially viable not for profit organisation with autonomy and flexibility to deliver services nationally and achieve its strategic goals
Read our Strategic Plan 2012 – 2015.