Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Indigenous Governance Awards
The quality of Indigenous governance was on show last Friday night (23 November) at a gala event at the Crown Hotel in Melbourne.
The Indigenous Governance Awards ‘identify, celebrate and promote effective Indigenous governance, which is about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people making and implementing decisions about their communities, lives and futures.’
After a rigorous judging process the winners of the 2 awards were selected from amongst 9 finalists.
In Category A, for incorporated organisations, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (Windsor, QLD) and Nyamba Buru Yawuru (Broome, WA) were named joint winners.
The Warlpiri Education and Training Trust (Alice Springs, NT) won the Category B award for non-incorporated organisations. The Alekarenge Community Development Working Group (Ali Curung, NT) was highly commended in this category.
Professor Mick Dodson, the Indigenous Governance Awards Chair, commented on the calibre of finalists.
‘In the 14 years I’ve been involved with the Awards, I’ve seen the quality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance practiced by the applicants rise and rise,’ Professor Dodson said.
‘This year, again, I can say that the finalists are the best we’ve ever had.’
The awards highlight success in leadership, good management, partnerships and brave, creative thinking.
More than 200 guests – including politicians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, corporate partners and community members – attended the 2018 event.