The Indigenous Governance Awards are held every 2 years. They share and promote success from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations around Australia.

The awards are part of the Indigenous Governance Program, which supports, recognises and celebrates governance success and excellence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.


The Indigenous Governance Awards are divided into 3 categories:


  • Category 1: Outstanding examples of governance in Indigenous-led non-incorporated initiatives or projects
  • Category 2: Outstanding examples of governance in Indigenous-led small to medium incorporated organisations (under $1 million annual revenue)
  • Category 3: Outstanding examples of governance in Indigenous-led large incorporated organisations ($1 million and over annual revenue)


Reconciliation Australia and the BHP Foundation have proudly partnered to deliver the Indigenous Governance Awards since their inception in 2005. Since 2018, AIGI has co-hosted the awards, in partnership with Reconciliation Australia and the BHP Foundation.


The awards provide an opportunity for finalists to connect and share with each other – both at the awards ceremony and in the collaborative sessions held around the ceremony.

2022 Awards


The independent Indigenous Governance Awards Judging Panel announced 3 winners for each category, and 2 highly commended organisations in Category 1.


Watch the videos to learn more about each of the finalists’ stories.


Category 1



Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council Human Research Ethics Committee (AH&MRC HREC), Sydney NSW


AH&MRC HREC was established in 1996 to ensure that research conducted with and about Aboriginal people in NSW is conducted both ethically and culturally. AH&MRC HREC stood out to the judges because of their long and committed history in a space that is often overlooked.


Justice, self-determination and truth-telling in research and ethics is crucial to rectifying the historical devastation caused by this industry, and they commended the AH&MRC for all of their good work in bringing others along.


Highly commended

Strengthening of the Koling wada-ngal Committee to Support Community in the West, Wyndham Vic


Koling wada-ngal (Walking together) Committee engages in an equal partnership with the Wyndham Aboriginal community and key stakeholders to work towards providing a culturally safe Aboriginal Community Centre.


The judges saw that the commitment and resolve shown by the Koling wada-ngal committee members has directly resulted in the Aboriginal community of Western Melbourne having a safe place to nurture and pass on culture for generations to come.


South Australian West Coast ACCHO Network (SAWCAN)


The SAWCAN network consists of five Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services who provide culturally appropriate, comprehensive primary health care services to approximately 5,000 Aboriginal people.


SAWCAN demonstrated to the judges a combined strength to overcome challenges and issues in providing quality primary health care to their communities.


Category 2



Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council, Brewarrina NSW


In pursuit of social justice, the Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council aims to support the local Aboriginal community through strong governance and economic consolidation. Brewarrina seeks the right to a distinct status and culture, the right to self-determination, and the right to land.


Out of adversity and challenges, Brewarrina showed the judges that they have successfully built an organisation that is valued and respected in their community. By focusing on land rights and their history, they have helped to create a sense of pride, ownership and identity for their Country.



Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation (MAC), Esperance WA


MAC demonstrated to the judges how it is involving its whole community in cultural and environmental education and preservation, creating beautiful spaces for people to come together.


Naru Goori Groms, Coffs Harbour NSW


Naru Goori Groms encourages and empowers the younger generation to give surfing a go in a culturally safe environment.


Naru Goori Groms took the judges on a journey of how they have helped over 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people make healthy choices through their culturally safe and fun surf program, while also advocating for suicide awareness.


Category 3



Wungening Aboriginal Corporation (Wungening), Perth WA


Wungening is a progressive Aboriginal community-controlled organisation based in Perth, with 10 locations and over 200 staff to further its vision of a healthy, safe, strong First Nations community. Wungening stood out to the judges because of their distinctive and evident compassion, empathy and care for their clients.


Working with vulnerable and stigmatised groups, Wungening consistently demonstrated their deep respect for their community.


Their work is wide spread. However, they have fostered close-knit relationships and invested in partnerships with other Aboriginal organisations.



Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists (ANKA) Aboriginal Corporation, Northern Australia


ANKA Aboriginal Corporation is the peak support and advocacy body for Aboriginal artists and Aboriginal-owned community Art Centres across over one million square kilometres of country in remote northern Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.


ANKA Aboriginal Corporation showed the judges how they used influence and networks to bolster governance, helping to keep Aboriginal art and copyright under community control.


Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation (RRKAC), Karratha WA


RRKAC is the registered native title body corporate for Robe River Kuruma (RRK) native title determined areas. They were unfortunately forced to withdraw before the judging process – but we still want to honour them for their strength in Indigenous governance and the good work they are doing.

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