Aboriginal people from each Community elect a person or persons to represent the community on a regional Board. (A group of people similar to a Board of Directors of large companies)
An Aboriginal Community Controlled organization is exactly that. It is controlled by the members of the community, through the board. The Director is responsible to the board, (and in turn the Community Members) for ensuring that the services/programs are delivered in an acceptable manner. The people working for the organization report to their supervisor.
The representatives, after community consultation take ideas, strategies, policies, outcomes, etc from the community members to the Board Meetings. The Board employs a person or persons to carry out these ideas, which develop into programs, implement the strategies, write the policies and deliver whatever services are required by the community members, in keeping with the Organisational Constitution/Charter.
The person who is responsible to the board to do the above is usually called a director, administrator, coordinator or some similar word. This person reports to the Board Directors on a regular timeframe and the Board Directors in turn pass the information on to their community members, so that feedback, consultation and further direction can then be taken back to the board meetings. This ensures that the services required by the community are actually delivered and in a way that is appropriate for each community.
In some places, the community elect a number of people who have a varied range of experiences, skills and knowledge to form a committee, as it is difficult to engage the whole community in every discussion. With this system the committee will pass information to and from each Community Member in general discussions and conversations so that when the committee meets, the members are aware of the feelings and thoughts of the members of that particular Community and will pass these to the Board Director.
People working for the organization report to their supervisor, not to the board.