Indigenous Governance Awards: Deadline extended

Applications for the 2021 Indigenous Governance Awards now close Friday 9 April 2021.

By entering the 2021 Indigenous Governance Awards, Indigenous-led organisations, projects and initiatives from right across Australia 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.

Three award categories

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

The 2021 categories are:

  • Projects or unincorporated initiatives
  • Small to medium incorporated organisations (new category)
  • Large incorporated organisations


As with previous years, an independent panel of judges will assess applicants based on innovation, effectiveness, self-determination, sustainability, and cultural legitimacy.

Apply now

Also, as with previous years, the Indigenous Governance Awards are open to all previous applicants, except for previous winners or highly commended organisations.

Know an Indigenous organisation that should apply for the Indigenous Governance Awards?

Send them this application information now!

Applications close Friday 9 April 2021.

The Indigenous Governance team at Reconciliation Australia are ready to help.

Contact us now: [email protected]

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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