2021 Indigenous Governance Awards postponed

Since 2005, the Indigenous Governance Awards have shared and celebrated the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led communities and organisations from around the country.

This year, the judging panel were ready to visit and assess the nine finalist organisations leading the way in excellence in First Nations governance.

However, with COVID-19 travel restrictions and state-wide lockdowns the decision has been made to delay the judging process and Awards for the safety of the judges, finalists and their communities.

Finalists for each of the three award categories will now be announced in November 2021, with judging and visits to finalist organisations to begin in February 2022, and the Awards ceremony to take place in May 2022.

The Indigenous Governance Awards

Winners of the 2021 Indigenous Governance Awards have the chance to share in $90,000 prize money, as well as receiving corporate mentoring, feedback from an esteemed judging panel, and media and networking opportunities.

This year’s awards have been expanded to include a category for small to medium incorporated organisations.

The 2021 categories are:

  1. Projects or unincorporated initiatives
  2. Small to medium incorporated organisations (new category)
  3. Large incorporated organisations

Reconciliation Australia and the BHP Foundation have proudly partnered to deliver the Indigenous Governance Awards since their inception in 2005, welcoming the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) as co-host in 2018.

For updates on the Indigenous Governance Awards and the judging process, go to indigenousgovernance.org.au

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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