Indigenous Governance Awards 2024: Apply Now

Reconciliation Australia, and the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute are proud to launch the Indigenous Governance Awards 2024 (IGA). 

Now in their nineteenth year, the awards publicly recognise and celebrate the outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations and projects that, through their effective governance models, make extraordinary contributions to communities and to the nation.

Organisations are highly encouraged to apply, with prizes including corporate mentoring, media and networking opportunities, and a share in $60,000.

2022 category two winners, Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council (BLALC), said the experience “changed everything”.

“Winning the IGA had a far bigger impact than we had ever imagined,” BLALC CEO, John Reidy said.

“After being in administration for years there was a lack of faith from funding bodies and potential partners in our organisation’s capacity for financial management but once we won the award, everything changed.

“The IGA were fundamental to that change. Winning encouraged them to have another look at us and we now have strong partnerships and collaborations with local and national agencies,” he said.

Awards support good governance and self-determination

There are three award categories celebrating outstanding examples of governance: 

  • Category One: Indigenous-led non-incorporated initiatives or projects
  • Category Two: Indigenous-led small to medium incorporated organisations (under $1 million annual revenue)
  • Category Three: Large Indigenous-led incorporated organisations ($1 million and over annual revenue).

Winners in each category receive $20,000 and opportunities for further development and engagement as part of the prize package.

Apply or nominate an organisation now.

Applications and nominations must be received by 11:59pm AEDT Friday 15 March 2024.

See more info about the Indigenous Governance Awards 2022 winners and finalists.

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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