Indigenous Governance Articles and Publications


Voices of Our Success: Sharing the Stories and Analysis from the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards

untitled‘Voices of Our Success’ presents innovations and emerging trends identified in our analysis of the governance solutions of the top ranked 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards (Awards) applicants. 

The Awards celebrate success in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incorporated organisations and non-incorporated organisations and projects nation-wide. In 2014, 113 stellar Indigenous-led organisations and projects applied providing a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into current innovation, practice and understanding of Indigenous governance.

The 2014 applicants confirm what we already know: that strong governance is a change enabler. What additionally stands out about the applicants is that they are inherently ‘for purpose’. These organisations strongly prioritise mutual accountability and innovatively craft governance arrangements to ensure that projects, services and programs serve the interests of those they impact.

An Executive Overview of key findings is available here: Voices of Our Success Executive Overview.

The full report is available here: Voices of Our Success: Sharing the Stories and Analysis from the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards


AIGI and AIATSIS Indigenous Governance Development Forum: Mapping Current and Future Research and Resource Needs

An Indigenous Governance Forum was hosted by the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) on 29th – 30th July 2014.

The Background Paper, which included information from the pre-forum survey, was distributed to participants. Here is a link to the Indigenous Governance Forum Background Paper.

A report presenting the forum proceedings, titled Building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance: report of a forum to map current and future research and practical resource needs, was published in June 2015. The report provides a synthesis of ideas, comments, issues and possibilities identified through the survey and the forum. Here is a link to the Building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance report.


Social Justice and Native Title Report 2014

Mr Mick Gooda is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. The Commissioner has a unique role at the Australian Human Rights Commission, responsible for advocating for the recognition of the rights of Indigenous Australians. As part of the role, the Commissioner submits an annual report to the Attorney General on the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The report is an opportunity to reflect and comment on the year’s events regarding social justice and native title, and to provide recommendations that promote the continued enjoyment of the rights of Indigenous Australians.

The 2014 Report was released 5 December 2014. It is accessible via the Australian Human Rights Commission website.


Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2014 

The Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report: Key Indicators 2014 (OID Report) was released by the Productivity Commission in November 2014. The OID Report measures the wellbeing of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. The report provides information about outcomes across a range of strategic areas such as early child development, education and training, healthy lives, economic participation, home environment, and safe and supportive communities. The report examines whether policies and programs are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The OID Report is accessible via the Productivity Commission website.


Financial Services Council Standard 22 – Cultural Capability in Native Title Services 

The Financial Services Council in partnership with First Nations Foundation released Standard 22 Cultural Capability in Native Title Services in May 2015.

The purpose of this Standard is to encourage good practice in the provision of tailored, culturally-appropriate financial services to assist Communities to achieve their goals and aspirations. The Australian Indigenous Governance Institute contributed to the development of Standard 22 together with representatives from Indigenous Business Australia, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and Nyamba Buru Yawuru. Standard 22 Cultural Capability in Native Title Services is accessible via this link.


Closing the gap clearinghouse Issues paper no. 5: Engaging with Indigenous Australia— exploring the conditions for effective relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Issues paper no. 5, produced for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse by Janet Hunt in October 2013, examines what research shows about the conditions that enable governments and others (non-government organisations and the private sector) to engage effectively with Indigenous communities and how these conditions can be enhanced for effective engagement between governments and Indigenous communities.

To implement the Closing the Gap policy, Australian Government policy aims to strengthen government engagement and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, recognising that without genuine engagement it will be difficult to achieve the key policy targets (the COAG targets). This paper overviews the research-based evidence on how such engagement can be developed and maintained. The paper is accessible via this link.

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