Here are just some of the projects DIXON Partnering Solutions (DPS) have been involved in:

Stronger Partners Stronger Futures

In September 2016, the Mineral Resources Division of the Department of Premier & Cabinet developed the Stronger Partners Stronger Futures (SPSF) program as a means of improving the operation of the native title system for mineral resources exploration in South Australia. The program is aimed at encouraging more effective engagement between Native Title Groups, Industry and Government to collaboratively identify and implement improvements to the native title system as it applies to mining and exploration.

DPS was engaged to provide strategic advice on engagement between the various sectors and independent facilitation and support to a number of workshops within each sector, including a major combined workshop in Port Augusta in October 2017, which will set the path forward for improved relationships and processes on this complex issue.

OZ Minerals & Kokotha Aboriginal Corporation (KAC)

DPS was engaged in 2016 /2017 to provide independent facilitation services to a partnering relationship between OZ Minerals and the Kokotha Aboriginal Corporation (KAC) related to the proposed development of the Carapateena Copper Mine in Northern South Australia.

As part of this process OZ Minerals and the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation (KAC) sought to develop a mutual, equal and participatory process in developing a Native Title Mining Agreement (NTMA).  After much discussion, both organisations voluntarily agreed that a Partnering Agreement would be developed to inform and underpin the process. The agreement also determined the nature, parameters and values of the partnership over the life of the mine and beyond.

The result has been the development of the relationship between the two organisations to a high level with a Partnering Agreement and Native Title Mining Agreement being completed within 12 months of commencement.

Anglicare – Stronger Partners Program

In May 2015 AnglicareSA sought to build their internal partnering capability and engaged DIXON Partnering Solutions to implement a Stronger Partners™ Program within their organisation.

At the time AnglicareSA were involved in many types of collaborative and partnering arrangements, however, there was no consistency of approach or a common language internally around partnering. There were also many different types of agreements being developed and generally no clear guidelines on just when to partner, who to partner with and how to go about partnering to achieve the desired impact.

The program was implemented during 2015 and 2016 and resulted in a Partnering Framework being developed for AnglicareSA. Underpinning this framework, is a series of tools, guidelines and partnering skills training for staff that have been rolled out across the organisation and now provides the foundation for how AnglicareSA partners with others.

Austrade – A new approach to partnering

In 2011, Austrade (the Australian Government’s trade, investment and education promotion agency) announced the outcomes of a significant review of its operations. This included an aspiration to greater focus and effectiveness of its partnering relationships, through “stronger, but fewer partnerships”. DIXON Partnering Solutions and specifically Ian Dixon was engaged as an expert adviser to guide, develop and validate the partnership review process being conducted.  Ian assisted in developing a common and effective language and framework around partnering, and this formed the basis for supporting policies and businesses processes.

DPS also provided training to several key staff through the Partnership Brokers Training Program (Level 1) conducted on behalf of the International Partnership Brokers Association.

National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions – Skills development and capacity building

DIXON Partnering Solutions have been engaged in a range of capacity building and support activities to assist partnership brokers to improve their brokering knowledge and skills. Specific activities have included delivering skills development programs across Australia, presenting keynote addresses, preparing case studies, developing a range of tools and presenting at induction programs nationally.

Primary Health Care Partnerships – Skills development and capacity building

The Connecting Healthcare in Communities (CHIC) initiative was developed in Queensland as a proactive approach to establish partnerships to minimise duplication, improve integration and services coordination and to potentially increase the capacity of the health system.

We provided a range of partnering support activities to the Partnership Councils during 2010 and 2011 including strategic reviews and skills development programs.

Ngaanyatjarra Regional Partnership Agreement – Independent evaluation

DIXON Partnering Solutions were engaged to undertake this independent evaluation and conducted the review during the period from January to March 2008. This review was a qualitative evaluation and included literature reviews of documentation, interviews with representatives of each partner and a workshop to draw out the lessons learnt and next steps.

Native Title Resolution – Independent chair, independent facilitation and process management

The South Australian Native Title Resolution initiative was established to develop negotiated agreements across South Australia that would lead to resolution of native title claims. The initiative involved peak bodies representing mining, pastoral and fishing interests; the Aboriginal Congress of South Australia (representing 23 native title claim groups); the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement as well as state and local government.

We assisted the parties as independent chairs and process managers for the many facets of these negotiations from January 2000 until February 2009.

DIXON Partnering Solutions also acted as independent facilitators and process managers of claim wide negotiations in the areas of mineral exploration, pastoral, parks and outback areas, involving four native title claim groups in South Australia, state and local government, mining and pastoral industries.