The Self Government Communications Strategy has been formulated on the following guiding principles:· Communication processes must be clear and known to all members;
· Wherever possible, communication must be purposeful and timely, particularly in relation to the consultation and decision making of its member nations;· Wherever possible, communication must be open, honest and frank;
· In general, relevant information will be available on an open basis; and only in exceptional cases (i.e. to preserve confidentiality), is it not made available;· Communication is a two way process. It is not just a question of messages being passed from the Secretariat to the First Nations members; upward and horizontal communications are equally important;
· Effective communication increasingly depends on information systems which must be easy to use, accessible, quick and reliable;· The Secretariat must communicate effectively within itself and with the communities which it serves;
Decision making and organizational structures will support effective communication wherever possible by, for example, ensuring accountability and clear outcomes.