Our Strategic Direction
Althea Projects is committed to its mission, values and strategic objectives which are:
- Innovation and Excellence;
- Collaboration and Partnering; and
- Business Sustainability.
The organisational objectives have been strategically targeted to position and align Althea Projects with government, philanthropic and other community priorities. The objectives are:
- All people, partners and stakeholders involved with Althea Projects Inc take responsibility for creating an organisational culture that:
- Reflects our values
- We will develop collaborative partnerships formally, informally, traditionally and non-traditionally to maximise opportunities for families, child and young people to reach their full potential.
- Strive to be industry leaders of innovative best practice with families, children and young people.
- Exploring and implementing opportunities for Althea Projects Inc that reflect the Mission and Values and will ensure sustainability and growth. These opportunities include reflecting on core business in a changing funding and policy environment and exploring new ventures.
How we are improving Outcomes for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Families
Althea Projects pursue the philosophy that the most effective and most appropriate method of providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is to empower and support individuals, organisations and communities in providing the services they need when they need it the most. Althea Projects demonstrate this through symbolic and practical expressions of respect for the longest continuing culture on the planet.
Althea Projects Reconciliation Action Plan outlines the following aspirations which we have committed to ensuring become a standard part of the way we do business and will become embedded in our culture, policies and practices:
- Listening to, learning from and consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,
- Building and embedding an organisational culture embracing respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,
- Promoting reconciliation and raising awareness and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures with Althea Projects employees, service users, volunteers, partner organisations and wider stakeholders,
- Promoting a changed community attitude about what a reconciled Australia looks like,
- Promoting learning and education through embedded protocols and practices,
- Increasing the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples employed within Althea Projects,
- Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including significant events as it relates to the North Queensland community,
- Ensuring Althea Projects programs and services are accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,
- Celebrating and embracing our differences and leverage these to create positive change,
- Respectfully walking alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their journey towards healing.
A Commitment to Practical Reconciliation
Althea Projects recognises that a significant change in approach is needed if there is to be a reduction in the high numbers of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children in Queensland’s child protection system. We pursue the philosophy that the most effective and most appropriate method of providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is to empower and support individuals, organisations and communities in providing the services they need when they need it the most. Our focus is on providing a solid foundation where Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and families can reach their full potential and where their right to survival, development and protection is attained.
Our current measures of increasing the capacity of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and families and reducing the risk of these families entering the statutory system include:
Skilled Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander staff and cultural expertise
Currently, Althea Projects employs 3 highly skilled and qualified Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander employees across the organisation. It is their inherent knowledge of their culture, heritage and complexities that forms the expertise of these professionals and each assists the organisation with culturally appropriate service delivery.
Althea Projects Inc. has a commitment to increasing the participation and involvement of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, ideally the traditional owners the Wulgurukaba and Bindal peoples, on our Management Committee.