Indigenous Governance Awards

The Indigenous Governance Awards were created by Reconciliation Australia in partnership with BHP Billiton to identify, celebrate and promote effective Indigenous governance.

The Awards are about sharing success from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations around Australia and showcasing how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are driving change on the ground.

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2014 applications now open!

Sean Choolburra wants you to apply for the Indigenous Governance Awards.

If you're part of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation or project that's kicking goals, we want to hear from you.

Apply now or recommend an organisation or project you know.

There is $60,000 in prize money up for grabs and applications are open until 30 May 2014.

How to apply

Incorporated organisations

If you are an Indigenous-led incorporated organisation you can apply in Category A until 30 May 2014.


Non-incorporated initiatives or projects

If you are an Indigenous-led non-incorporated initiative or project you can apply in Category B until 30 May 2014.


Recommend an organisation

Do you know an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, project, or initiative you think has great governance and is doing great things? If so we’d love to hear from you!

Past finalists

The Indigenous Governance Awards are all about identifying, analysing and promoting high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. Our past finalists are exceptionally well run organisations making a difference in their communities. They are led by visionary, highly able leaders.


NPY Women’s Council

2012 winner Category A Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation (NPY Women’s Council) is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected Aboriginal...

Yiriman Project

2012 winner Category B The Yiriman Project started when Karajarri, Nyikina, Mangala and Walmajarri elders in the West Kimberley became concerned about young...


2012 highly commended Category A The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national non-government peak body that advocates on...

Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly

2012 highly commended Category B The Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly was set up as a regional governance structure to support Community Working Parties (CWPs),...