2018 Indigenous Governance Awards


Adaptability The organisation adapts its governance to manage changing circumstances and remain relevant to all stakeholders.

Collaboration People from different families, language groups, regions or organisations come together around a common goal. Partnerships are formed to deliver projects and services.

Community Control The organisation is created and led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who represent the community in which it operates. The organisation offers culturally appropriate projects or services designed by the community.

Community Engagement Ongoing opportunities are made for the community to learn about, connect with and give their input to the organisation.

CQI Approach Continuous Quality Improvement procedures form a part of the organisation’s operational and strategic planning. Governance arrangements are reviewed cyclically.

Cultural Integrity Governance arrangements reflect the community’s cultural values and traditional decision-making processes.

Documentation The organisation develops well-defined and accessible governance documents that guide behaviour, set expectations and provide consistency and fairness.

Forward-thinking The organisation prepares for the future by planning strategy, risk management and succession, as well as developing the capabilities of emerging leaders.

Internal Communication Open communication is encouraged across the organisational structure. Digital technology supports communication between staff at offices in different locations.

Informed Decision-making Sufficient time and information is available to make effective decisions.

Local Context Governance arrangements are tailored to the organisation’s specific circumstances, designed to accommodate local realities and legitimate for the community.

Support A workplace environment is created where people feel safe in their identity, culture and community. Professional development is provided to support the board to perform their roles.

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