Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton are proud to launch the 2016 Indigenous Governance Awards (IGAs) today.
Established in 2005, the IGAs publicly recognise and celebrate outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations and projects that make extraordinary contributions to communities and the nation.
Organisations that are displaying effective Indigenous governance are encouraged to apply, with prizes including corporate mentoring, feedback from the judging panel, media and networking opportunities, and a share in $60,000.
Chief Executive Officer of Reconciliation Australia, Justin Mohamed, said that Indigenous-led organisations are effective because their governance models are rooted in culture.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have always had their own governance—an ancient jurisdiction made up of traditions, values and culture-based laws that have been effective for tens of thousands of years,” Mr Mohamed said.
“Effective governance is the foundation that allows organisations to drive real and lasting change. Indigenous governance matters because it is a powerful predictor of success in economic and community development and in maximising self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“Since the IGAs began in 2005, we have seen time and time again how Indigenous-led organisations can deliver results at the highest level.
“These organisations employ and train local people; provide purpose, structure and stability to their communities; empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to take control of their own lives; and often deliver critical services in ways that mainstream organisations cannot.
“As an integral part of Australia becoming a reconciled nation, it is essential that we showcase these high achievers.”
The IGAs have a history of drawing high caliber nominations, with the 2014 Awards attracting a record 113 applications from some of Australia’s most remote communities and busiest cities.
“In 2016, we are keen to see applications from organisations and projects that are making a difference through innovation, leadership and community engagement,” Mr Mohamed said.
“In a tough time for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, we want to continue to recognise the amazing work still being done around the country.”
The two award categories are Category A: Indigenous-led incorporated organisations and Category B: Indigenous-led non-incorporated initiatives or projects.
Winners in each of the two categories will receive $20,000, and highly commended organisations in each category will each be awarded $10,000.
Applications or recommendations for the 2016 Indigenous Governance Awards can be made online at www.indigenousgovernance.org.au or by calling 02 6153 4400. Applications close Friday 20 May 2016.