The process of building governance involves time and effort.


To get started, consider the shared history of your group, purpose and values, systems of authority, and resources to do the job.


Choose your governance model. A governance model is a framework used by organisations, communities and nations to create order in their group. It ties together the rules, relationships, systems and processes.


The governance models of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders groups are unique. They’re based on:


  • interconnected layers of leadership
  • groups of people
  • land-ownership rights and interests.

Indigenous Governance Toolkit

Our Toolkit is a free online resource developed to support Indigenous communities and organisations to strengthen their governance practices. It offers a comprehensive collection of practical information, tools, templates, case studies and videos.


How to get started


Choose your governance model


Decide whether to incorporate


Develop your rules or constitution


Build your governance – Factsheet

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