Governance gives a nation, group, community or organisation the ways and means to achieve the things that matter to them. Governance sets out how people:


  • choose to organise
  • share power
  • set their own priorities
  • get things done
  • are held accountable for their decisions.


It requires that there are processes, structures, traditions and rules in place.


All societies and groups have governance. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have their own concepts of governance.


Rebuilding your governance is self-determination in action. It is also a powerful predictor of success in economic and community development.

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.


1.0 Understanding governance


1.1 The important parts of governance


1.2 Indigenous governance


1.3 Governance in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations


1.4 Case Studies

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Factsheet > Understanding governance

What is governance and why is it so important?


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Governance – The complex mechanisms, processes, relationships, structures and institutions through which power and authority are assigned and exercised in a group, so that decisions can be made, activities carried out, and the group’s collective goals achieved in the ‘right way’.


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

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