Indigenous Governance Awards – Applications Extended

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Reconciliation Australia has extended the application period for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations to apply for the 2018 Indigenous Governance Awards. Entries are now closing on Friday 20th July.

The Awards publicly recognise and celebrate outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations, projects and initiatives that make extraordinary contributions to communities and the nation.

In 2018, Reconciliation Australia and the BHP Billiton Foundation are proud to run the awards for the first time in partnership with the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, a national centre of governance excellence.

By entering the awards, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations, projects and initiatives across the country have the chance to share in $60,000 of prize money, as well as corporate mentoring, feedback from an esteemed judging panel, and media and networking opportunities.

Past winners have found the awards to be a springboard to further exposure and bigger opportunities.

Western Desert Dialysis (Purple House) CEO Sarah Brown said the awards helped provide the organisation the credibility and recognition to secure further funding and expand their operations.

“Along with the prize money and the corporate sponsorship, we have made sure that we have sucked the juice out of every opportunity that has come our way because of this award,” she said.

“We have found more friends and partners, recruited fabulous staff and generally been able to lift the profile of who we are and what we do.

“It has made us all very proud and determined to work harder.”

Ms Brown said the awards play an important role in highlighting the life-changing work of organisations and groups practicing good Indigenous governance.

“It is so important that there are opportunities to tell good news stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations,” she said.

Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine said she encouraged organisations and groups of all shapes and sizes to consider applying for an award.

“We know there are organisations, initiatives and projects around the country that are making important contributions to their communities, and the nation, by putting culture at the heart of their governance,” she said.

Ms Mundine said effective Indigenous governance melds traditional governance and responsibilities, based on culture and kinship, with the requirements of mainstream organisations, including financial and legal accountability.

“By creating governance models that are effective and legitimate in two worlds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations are examples of successful self-determination and two-way governance in action,” she said.

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 2018 Indigenous Governance Awards can be made online at www.reconciliation.org.au/iga or by calling 02 6273 9200. Applications close Friday 20 July 2018.

Interview opportunities:

  • Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine
  • Australian Indigenous Governance Institute CEO Michelle Deshong
  • Western Desert Dialysis (Purple House) CEO Sarah Brown

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