Success Stories

Purple house and the Australian Museum

A successful partnership was established between the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation Aboriginal Corporation (Purple House) and the Australian Museum.

Purple House supports Central Western Desert families on dialysis and helps them to develop renal services in their home communities, so they don’t have to move off Country to Alice Springs or Darwin for treatment. The organisation is well known for their ‘Purple Truck’, which is a mobile dialysis unit that gives patients the opportunity to spend time in their home communities, where there is not a permanent dialysis unit. The Australian Museum brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and events and focuses on Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement and people’s interaction with the environment.

Purple House set a goal to recognise the efforts and determination their dedicated staff, families, volunteers and friends across Australia, and the contribution this has had to their success. Purple House was keen to further support their community and give back to those who have supported them on their journey to provide care for Indigenous people on Country, by providing support to these communities in producing and showcasing fantastic images, art, music and bush products from their social enterprise.

Through this partnership, Purple House were able to contribute artworks from their social enterprise towards an ‘Indigenous Art Exhibition and Auction’ under the Australian Museum, Purple House were able to auction off enough artworks to the Australian Museums corporate contributors to self-fund the repairs of their ‘Purple Truck’ to keep dialysis services available in remote communities.

KJ Rangers and Deloitte

Through the Corporate Partnerships program, our Indigenous Governance Award 2016 winners, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) Rangers, and RAP partner, Deloitte Australia, built a constructive relationship around an identified problem, with significant results for both organisations.

KJ Rangers is a program by Martu organisation Kalyuku Ninti-Puntuku Ngurra. The Martu are the Traditional Owners of a large part of central Western Australia, extending from the Great Sandy Desert in the north to around Wiluna in the south.

Deloitte Australia has been involved in the Reconciliation Action Plan program since 2015. It offers a wide range of advice on auditing and economic consultancy, with a strong focus on industrial, energy, and financial services around the country.

KJ Rangers was looking for a way to diversify employment in its communities, and in doing so, increase economic opportunities for Martu.

As KJ’s Corporate Partner, Deloitte Australia co-facilitated workshops with the KJ Leadership group to develop a business strategy, finding there was an opening for Martu to run specialised cultural immersion camps for corporate and targeted groups.

KJ was able to use Deloitte Australia’s expertise to develop a pilot a program that diversified its communities’ economies, using identified strengths and based in effective business practices.

Deloitte Australia gained cultural advice and expertise, enabling it to adapt its approach, language and engagement to overcome cultural barriers. Deloitte Australia staff also gained insight into the challenges facing Martu and into developing successful business models in remote settings.