The WAITOC Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Council. As a governing board, it guides and directs the Council, sets performance goals, ensures corporate compliance and management accountability, endorses strategic plans and approves operating budgets. The Board ensures that WAITOC has the resources necessary to achieve goals and outcomes on behalf of its members.

Our Vision

To see the creation of a vibrant authentic Aboriginal tourism industry as an integral component of Australia’s tourism industry.

For Western Australia to become the premier destination in Australia for authentic Aboriginal experiences. Our aim is to create a vibrant Aboriginal component of Western Australia’s tourism industry, raising the profile of Aboriginal tourism on a State, National and International level.

It is an exciting time for the Aboriginal tourism sector to become a key player in the tourism industry showcasing our unique point of difference to the rest of the world.

Our Mission

The premier Aboriginal advocacy body educating and informing government and industry on the needs of Aboriginal tourism businesses and their market.

Our Core Values

WAITOC empowers its members to embrace their cultural identity in order to honor and respect the ancestors and Elders both past and present. With traditions of the oldest living culture restored, the outcomes at a social and economic level become more progressive and offer the opportunity to create pride in its people.

Showcasing these traditions fosters current and potential market understanding, sensitivity and awareness. Access and engagement with these traditions is a key consideration for the development of a sustainable Aboriginal tourism industry in Australia.

WAITOC's corporate values encompass both traditional and commercial components but are clearly differentiated as they give priority to the culturalisation of commerce and not the commercialisation of culture.

Connection to Country
WAITOC believes in the intergenerational rights/obligations of Aboriginal language groups for the spiritual maintenance of the land. This provides the basis for WAITOC's advocacy role to ensure fairness, acknowledgment and respect.

Welcome to Country
WAITOC believes that together, provision of safe passage and reciprocal acknowledgment results in mutual benefits. The importance of mutual benefits provides the basis for WAITOC's development of effective partnerships.

Facilitating Corroborees
WAITOC is a place where people with an interest in Aboriginal tourism can come together to share, learn and benefit from each other. This provides the basis for WAITOC's business development, education, advocacy, marketing and networking role.

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