Every group of people needs to look at its governance at some stage to start thinking about developing new processes, rules or structures.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been working for years to reclaim governing authority and self-determining responsibility for their nations and communities. Many have had to tackle hard questions such as:


  • How do you get started on the road to rebuilding your governance?
  • How can you tell what is working and not working well?
  • What are the best ways to go about evaluating your governance?
  • How can you translate your insights and strengths into action, and make sure you stay on track?

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.


3.0 Getting started on building your governance


3.1 Assessing your Governance


3.2 Mapping your community for governance


3.3 Case Studies

Other resources


Governance structure – ‘structure’ is something made up of a number of parts that are held or put together in a particular way. So a governing structure is the particular way that interrelated powers, decision-making roles, responsibilities and rules are arranged and put in place to support the running and accountability of a community, group or governing body or organisation.


See our Glossary for more definitions of governance-related terminology.

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