Governing the Organisation Factsheet

Today, there are thousands of incorporated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations across the country. Over the last 30 years, the duties and responsibilities of the governing bodies of these organisations have changed and grown more complex.


Take a look at the Governing the Organisation Factsheet for insights into practices of effective governing bodies. It outlines:

  • Governing bodies: what they are and what they do
  • Accountability
  • Capacity development
  • Tips for informed decision-making


You can access the PDF Factsheet via this link:


The Indigenous Governance Factsheets were developed by the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and Reconciliation Australia to promote peoples’ understanding of Indigenous governance. Each Factsheet provides an explanation of the topic and tips on best practice strategies.


Indigenous Governance Toolkit


More information, tips, examples and resources about this topic are available on the Indigenous Governance Toolkit [].


The purpose of the Toolkit is to share effective and innovative governance strategies and knowledge about what works and why. The Toolkit promotes a strengths-based, developmental approach to governance building which places culture at the heart of understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modes of governance.


It is a free online resource developed to support Indigenous nations, communities, individuals and organisations to strengthen their governance in ways that are meaningful to them.


The Toolkit is founded on the pioneering research of the Indigenous Community Governance Project and is regularly updated with best-practice tips and inspirational stories from the Indigenous Governance Awards and other research and case studies developed by the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.

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