Policy and Research

Reconciliation Australia contributes research, advocacy, and policy and campaign support to better knowledge and understanding of, and action on, reconciliation.

 A snapshot of where we are on our reconciliation journey, where we need to go, and how we are going to get there.

See our work supporting governance excellence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

The biennial, national research study mapping Australia’s progress towards the five dimensions of reconciliation.

How our policy and research advances reconciliation

Research and publications

Including the State of Reconciliation Report, Australian Reconciliation Barometer, and Australian Workplace Barometer.

Campaigns we support

We support campaigns and initiatives such as Close the Gap, Change the Record, Family Matters and Racism. It Stops With Me.

Community truth-telling

Telling the truth about our history acknowledges the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

Australian Reconciliation Network

Advancing reconciliation by supporting state and territory reconciliation groups across the country.

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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