Equitable Services.
Local Empowerment.

We are committed to ensuring our communities have access to appropriate services in an equitable and culturally sensitive manner, develop and maintain accountability to its members and funding providers and meet our legal and corporate obligations.  

We will look our own community for employment, development and work opportunities, and engage in a dialogue with its communities and members to ensure the direction of the Association is in line with community expressed aspirations.

About Kalano

Kalano Community Association, an Aboriginal organisation, was established to meet the varying needs of the Aboriginal community, its members and their families within the Township of Katherine and its environs.

Over the past 45+ years, we have created and developed effective programs that address shortfalls in housing availability, employment and economic activity, social, community and health-related programs for our member population.

Kalano Community Association is in a position to represent the views of its members and Council to the wider community, numerous authorities, and governments on a range of issues affecting Aboriginal people from both cultural and contemporary aspects.


Our core values underpin everything we do


We believe that Aboriginal community control of service delivery is essential for the best services and outcomes for Aboriginal people.


Programs will be holistic and culturally reliable and incorporate the traditional beliefs and customs as appropriate.


We will encourage and foster a two way learning service delivery model, which blends a mix of Aboriginal and contemporary concepts.


We will promote mutual respect between Kalano staff and its community members, their families and representatives.


Kalano believes in and encourages all members and staff right to participate to their full potential.


Kalano’s business will be conducted in a fair and transparent manner.


We are committed to meaningful communication between members and programs of the Association. Such communications will respect the confidentiality of the member’s rights to make their own decisions.


We will seek to attract programs that will promote opportunities that will lead to skills development and employment.


Good governance will be the foundation of the way Kalano operates, underpinned by the values of teamwork, honesty, integrity, transparency, fairness and pride.


Kalano Community Association Inc. is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation, governed by Councillors who are elected every two years by members in their communities. Annual General Meetings are held to report Association activities to its members.

Elected community representatives:

  • Miali Brumby [4 positions]
  • Rockhole [4 positions]
  • Geyulkgan [2 positions]
  • Town of Katherine [4 positions]

Our Partners

Offers general and primary health-care, women’s and children’s health programs, the Gudbinji chronic conditions program, Strongbala men’s health and client support.

Delivering high quality and culturally proficient Aboriginal legal services to the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Jawoyn Association strives to improve the cultural, social economic well-being of their people while caring for country as one nation.