IGA 2024 Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply to the Indigenous Governance Awards 2024:

  1. By starting or submitting a nomination and/or application for the Indigenous Governance Awards 2024, you warrant that you are a representative (e.g., Board member, Chief Executive Officer, staff member) or affiliate (e.g., local community member, auspiced entity) of the organisation, project or initiative in the nomination/application, and that you have read, understood, and agreed to abide by these Terms and Conditions.


  1. Reconciliation Australia and Australian Indigenous Governance Institute reserves the right to declare any application ineligible or invalid if the person submitting the application on behalf of the organisation, project, or initiative:
    • submits an application that is incomplete;
    • provides information that is false or misleading;
    • is considered unable to represent or promote the Indigenous Governance Awards 2024 in a satisfactory manner;
    • is involved in any conduct or activity that is illegal, fraudulent, or may damage the reputation of Reconciliation Australia, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and the Indigenous Governance Awards 2024;
    • does not comply with or meet these Terms and Conditions or the Eligibility Criteria.


  1. The review committee and judging panel’s decisions will be made by their own sole and complete discretion. Only one winner will be announced in each of the three categories: unincorporated organisations (project or initiatives), small to medium incorporated organisations (under $1million) and large incorporated organisations (over $1million). While feedback regarding applications will be provided, the judging panel will not enter correspondence regarding the winning entries. Members of the review committee or judging panel are not permitted to submit an application for an organisation, project or initiative for an award during their review/judging year.


  1. In the case that the submitted application is selected as a finalist, representatives from the organisation, project or initiatives must be available for the judging panel visits to the location over the following period: July – September 2024.


  1. Reconciliation Australia and Australian Indigenous Governance Institute will work with the finalists to coordinate the judging panel visits accordingly.


  1. A minimum of one, to a maximum of two representatives from each finalist organisation must be able to travel to the awards ceremony and workshop in November 2024.


  1. Finalists must be willing to receive media attention for recognition of their efforts, and for the film and wider media to be shared on public platforms.


  1. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable. The $20,000 prize money is presented to the winners in good faith, and while the winners are not required to formally report on how the prize money has been spent, it is intended to go towards reconciliation initiatives within their organisation, project or initiative.


  1. Written consent must be received from any third party filmed, photographed, or otherwise represented in an application submission.


  1. Application submissions will remain the property of may be reproduced in electronic or print forms as per the Reconciliation Australia Privacy Policy and in alignment with the Australian Privacy Principles contained in schedule 1 of the Privacy Act 1988. The films and photographs captured during the judging panel visits will also remain the property of Reconciliation Australia and may be reproduced in electronic or print.
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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