Indigenous Governance Awards 2022: Finalists Announced

Nine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations and initiatives from around the country have been shortlisted as finalists in the Indigenous Governance Awards 2022.

Each finalist organisation or initiative has been selected for its culturally-informed ways of working, driving positive and long-lasting change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Effective Indigenous governance combines traditional governance practices, based in culture and kinship, with the requirements of mainstream organisations – including financial and legal accountability.

Joint winner of the 2018 Awards, the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health’s CEO Adrian Carson says that the Awards celebrate and showcase excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led communities and organisations.

“The Awards aren’t just about a ceremony and a trophy, but about all the hard work that is being done in community,” he says.

The 2022 Indigenous Governance Awards Judging Panel is led by Co-Chairs Eddie Cubillo and Janine Mohammed. Eddie Cubillo says the quality of finalists this year provides an opportunity to share stories of First Nations strength and resilience.  

“The Awards celebrate the wonderful work of Indigenous-led organisations, as well as challenge public perceptions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” he says.  

“The diverse sectors and language groups of the finalists this year show the range and breadth of First Nations organisations right across the country, and the judging panel are looking forward to visiting them early next year.”

The IGAs were established by Reconciliation Australia in partnership with BHP Billiton Foundation in 2005 and are now co-hosted with the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.

This year’s winners will be announced at an event during National Reconciliation Week in May 2022.

FINALISTS – CATEGORY 1 (Outstanding examples of governance in Indigenous-led non-incorporated initiatives or projects)

  • South Australian West Coast ACCHO Network (SAWCAN) – Whyalla Norrie, SA
  • Strengthening of the Koling Wada-ngal Committee to Support Community in the West – Craigieburn, VIC
  • Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council Human Research Ethics Committee – Sydney, NSW

FINALISTS – CATEGORY 2 (Outstanding examples of governance in Indigenous-led small to medium incorporated organisations)

  • Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council – Brewarrina, NSW
  • Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation – Esperance, WA
  • Naru Goori Groms – Coffs Harbour, NSW

FINALISTS – CATEGORY 3 (Outstanding examples of governance in Indigenous-led large, incorporated organisations)

  • Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation – Karratha, WA
  • Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists Aboriginal Corporation – Darwin, NT
  • Wungening Aboriginal Corporation – Perth, WA
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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