Since it began Waltja has operated using a set of principles which are recognised by its members, remote community people and other organisations and agencies. These principles and Waltja’s structure combine to give Waltja an overall approach which is unique.
The core operating principles are that:
- The family is the foundation of the Aboriginal community and Indigenous identity. Service delivery is most effective when it occurs in the context of the broad family as understood by Aboriginal people.
- Direct service delivery is most effective when provided by local community people who have access to training and support to ensure quality service outcomes.
- Waltja therefore emphasises the building of partnerships with Aboriginal communities as the most effective way of providing services to respond to identified needs.
- Direct services need to be located within and supported by local communities. Waltja works in the communities it services. Waltja promotes self-reliance and dignity.