Indigenous Governance Factsheet

Understanding Governance

Governance gives a nation, group, community or organisation the ways and means to achieve the things that matter to them. Indigenous governance holds culture at the heart of these ways and means. Rebuilding your governance is self-determination in action. It is also a powerful predictor of success in economic and community development.

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.

The Understanding Governance Factsheet answers the following questions:

  • What is governance and why is it important?
  • What is effective and legitimate governance?
  • What are Indigenous organisations?

You can access the PDF Factsheet.

Indigenous Governance Toolkit

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

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

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