Indigenous Governance Toolkit launched

Reconciliation Australia is launching today a new web-based Indigenous Governance Toolkit to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people strengthening good governance.

Reconciliation Australia CEO, Leah Armstrong, said the toolkit builds on the pioneering research of the Indigenous Community Governance Project and provides inspirational success stories from the Indigenous Governance Awards.

“The toolkit has been developed as part of Reconciliation Australia’s partnership with BHP Billiton and with support from the new Australian Indigenous Governance Institute,” said Ms Armstrong.

“It is a comprehensive stockpile of information, tools, templates and audio-visual resources that will be very useful to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities determined to improve their governance and take greater control of their affairs.

“Supporting and rewarding excellence in Indigenous governance is core business for Reconciliation Australia because experience teaches us that strong governance and the empowerment of our communities are a prerequisite for success and an essential foundation of reconciliation.”

Ms Armstrong said the up-dated user-friendly toolkit can be used in many different ways and customised depending on local circumstances and needs.

“I am very confident that it will become an invaluable resource to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people determined to exercise control and responsibility over their own future,” she concluded.

The toolkit can be used to:

  • answer quick questions;
  • check out the governance innovations of other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups;
  • dig deeper into a specific issue, create tailor-made training sessions;
  • do a quick governance health-check-up;
  • start writing a governance policy manual; or
  • work out a long-term governance development plan.


The Indigenous Governance Toolkit can be viewed here.

More information about Reconciliation Australia’s Indigenous Governance project and Awards can be found here.

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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