NATIONAL REVIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF NATIONAL TRUSTS
This national review undertaken through Minter Ellison Consulting was conducted in order to develop an appropriate business model for the Australian Council of National Trusts. The business model was intended to position the Trust to achieve its nation-wide objectives.
Because of the federal nature of the ACNT the negotiations and facilitation required were demanding and often conflicting. The challenges faced by the movement included serious problems of funding, particularly for the smaller trusts, and insufficient government support, but increasing government funding which could undermine National Trust independence. There were tensions between Trusts and state heritage agencies, particularly in public advocacy campaigns and they had a declining and ageing membership.
Nationwide consultations were held with all State Trusts and facilitated strategy sessions with the ACNT. A definitive strategy document was prepared indicating the options for further development of the movement. The activities of the Trust were also costed at State and National levels.