Indigenous Governance Program

Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander success in leadership and governance.

The Indigenous Governance Program, in partnership with the BHP Foundation and the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI), aims to progress reconciliation through recognising, supporting and celebrating strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance and self-determination.

“Studies around the world and in Australia show that good governance is the key to building and sustaining healthy, prosperous communities, and we want to recognise, applaud and share those achievements.”


Professor Mick Dodson, Chair, Indigenous Governance Awards

Effective Indigenous governance is key to creating lasting positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and for all Australians.  Good governance is about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people making and implementing decisions about their communities, lives and futures.
The Program celebrates success and governance excellence through the bi-annual Indigenous Governance Awards.