There are seven Aboriginal community elected Directors who form the Board and at VACCA the role of the Board is one of governance. The Board works with the CEO to oversee the longer term strategic goals (as set out in our strategic plan), set aims and objectives and establish policies.
The Board has overall responsibility for:
- Authorising all major decisions
- Setting long-term goals
- Appointment of the CEO
- Seeking information from the CEO as to whether its major decisions and long-term goals are being met
- Ensuring legal compliance and financial accountability standards are met
VACCA was established in 1977 as a Cooperative under the Victorian Cooperatives Act. In 2014 the Co-operatives Act was replaced in Victoria by the Co-operatives National Law. In accordance with the Co-operatives National Law, only members of VACCA can nominate for vacant positions on the Board. To become a member of VACCA you must be of Aboriginal descent, over 18 years of age and comply with the Code of Conduct. The Board are elected by members at the Annual General Meeting.
The Directors meet bi-monthly and their role is to govern, not manage, the Agency. Therefore the Directors address ends and delegates the means to the CEO. The CEO is responsible for the good management, direction, co-ordination and future development of the organisation and all its services.
The CEO is appointed by and is accountable to the Board of Directors.
Members can receive the model rules on request.
Chairperson - James Atkinson (Yorta Yorta / Bangerang)
James is currently employed as CEO of the Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative. He was previously employed as Manager, Koorie Education with the Department of Education and Training. James has worked across the Education sector from early childhood, schools, TAFE and the higher education in the fields of policy development, stakeholder and project management. He has a great deal of organisational experience and has served on Boards at a state and national level. James was one of the founding members of the first Victorian Aboriginal Youth Advisory Committee and a participant in the Koorie Leadership Program.
Deputy Chairperson - Jason King (Gunditjmara)
Jason is currently employed as Manager, Aboriginal Water Program in the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning. He was previously CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and on the Board of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Incorporated (VACCHO) and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). Jason has previously worked at VACCA in the Lakidjeka program.
Treasurer - Deidre King (Gunditjmara)
Deidre is currently employed as CEO of the Aboriginal Community Elders Service (ACES). Prior to this, Deidre worked for the Aborigines Advancement League (AAL) for 17 years and at VACCA. Deidre is also a Board Member of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd (VACSAL).
Director - Margaret Atkinson (Yorta Yorta / Taungurung / Wurundjeri)
Margaret is currently employed as a Wurreker Broker with the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI). She was previously employed at the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-op and at VACCA for over nine years.
Secretary - Jason Kanoa (Gunditjmara / Bunitj)
Jason is the current CEO of the Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative. Prior to this, Jason was employed as a Senior Project Officer, Indigenous Family Violence, at DHHS and with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) as the Koori Caucus Executive Officer.
Director - Elaine Taylor (Wemba Wemba / Bunnerong)
Elaine is currently serving as an Elder on the Koorie Court and has been actively involved in the Dandenong Aboriginal community for most of her life. Elaine has worked in a number of Aboriginal organisations and has previously worked with VACCA. She is a long-standing Board Member on the Dandenong and District Aboriginal Co-operative.
Director - Tony Lovett (Gunditjmara)
Tony is currently employed at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd (VASCAL) 2009 and is also the Chairperson of the Grampians Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (RAJAC). Tony also has a Diploma of Management and Certificates in Training and Assessment, Community Services, and Koori Community Management and Development. He is also the co-chair of the Aboriginal Justice Caucus.