2022 Indigenous Governance Awards Finalists

The 2022 Indigenous Governance Awards Judging Panel has assessed all the applications and has announced the three finalists for each category.

As with previous years, the independent judging panel will make their decisions based on innovation, effectiveness, self-determination, sustainability, and cultural legitimacy.

Awards ceremony

The Indigenous Governance Awards ceremony and dinner, acknowledging and celebrating the 2022 finalists and announcing the winners, is on  Wednesday 8 June 2022 at the ICC Sydney.

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Category 1

Outstanding examples of governance in Indigenous-led non-incorporated initiatives

Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council Human Research Ethics Committee: Sydney NSW

Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council Human Research Ethics Committee (AH&MRC HREC) was established in 1996 to ensure that research conducted with and about Aboriginal people in NSW is conducted both ethically and culturally. The committee does much more than review applications, it provides cultural training, partakes in NSW state health research policy reviews, and takes an educative approach to improving the Aboriginal Health research environment in NSW.


Strengthening of the Koling wada-ngal Committee to Support Community In The West; Wyndham VIC

Koling wada-ngal (Walking together) Committee engages in an equal partnership with the Wyndham Aboriginal community and key stakeholders to work towards providing a culturally safe Aboriginal Community Centre.The Koling wada-ngal space at the Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre supports the Committee’s intent for a culturally safe place for strengthening community and cultural development and connections, and facilitating improved coordination and engagement of services and programs for Aboriginal people in the west of Melbourne.


SAWCAN (South Australian West Coast ACCHO Network)

The SAWCAN network consists of five Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services who provide culturally appropriate, comprehensive primary health care services to approximately 5,000 Aboriginal people. They are:

  • Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service (Whyalla)
  • Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service (Port Lincoln)
  • Yadu Health Aboriginal Corporation (Ceduna)
  • Tullawon Health Service (Yalata)
  • Oak Valley Health Service (Oak Valley / Maralinga Tjarutja lands)

The overall objective of SAWCAN is to take a proactive approach to regional issues and develop localised, regional solutions to overcome challenges.

Category 2

Outstanding examples of governance in Indigenous-led small to medium incorporated organisations (under $1 million annual revenue)

Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council

Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) are at the heart of the organisational structure of the land rights network in New South Wales. In pursuit of social justice, the Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council aims to support the local Aboriginal community through strong governance and economic consolidation, as it seeks: the right to a distinct status & culture, the right to self-determination, and the right to land.


Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation; Esperance WA

Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) focusses on cultural education and preservation,. Its Nyungar Kaditj (Understanding Nyungar) Program increases cultural understanding and engagement between First Nations and non-Indigenous peoples in its community; and the Ngulla Mia Project involves the creation of an environment at its premises incorporating the growing and propagation of native and bush tucker plants, and social and yarning spaces


Naru Goori Groms, Coffs Harbour NSW

Naru Goori Groms encourages and empowers the younger generation to give surfing a go in a culturally safe environment. It has helped over 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people come and participate in its Goori Groms Program through its supportive accessible approach. This program helps promote healthy lifestyle choices and cultural pride in a culturally safe space, and it assists families and young people to access surfing and the ocean as a place for healing and wellbeing.

Category 3

Outstanding examples of governance in Indigenous-led large incorporated organisations ($1 million and over annual revenue)

Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists (ANKA) Aboriginal Corporation is the peak support and advocacy body for Aboriginal artists and Aboriginal-owned community Art Centres across over one million square kilometres of country in remote northern Australia, in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Established in 1987 ANKA’s core work is to improve the lives of First Nations artists living in remote communities, support Art Centres, secure resourcing, achieve cultural maintenance, accomplish business goals, and promote the Indigenous art sector’s ethical growth.


Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation Karratha WA

Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation (RRKAC) is the registered native title body corporate for Robe River Kuruma (RRK) native title determined areas.RRKAC has a pivotal role in progressing the broader interests of over 300 RRK people and in representing them in their dealings with government and the private sector. RRKAC monitors and implements obligations under the RRK people’s various participation agreements, provides services that protect and preserve RRK cultural heritage, and utilises charitable trust funds to deliver programs for the betterment of the RRK people.


Wungening Aboriginal Corporation; Perth WA

Wungening Aboriginal Corporation (Wungening) is a progressive Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation based in Perth, with ten locations and over 200 staff to further its vision of a healthy, safe, strong First Nations community. Wungening provides culturally secure alcohol and other drug programs, manages a refuge for women and children escaping family violence, and an emergency relief program. Wungening also supports community reintegration after release from prison and an in-home support service aimed at keeping children safe at home.