Effective leadership is critical for achieving better social, economic, and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Strong governance and strong leadership are directly linked.

Culture and Governance

Culture lies at the heart of governance. It informs a group’s rules and values about what is the ‘right way’ of exercising power and governing—and what is the ‘wrong way’.

Governing the Organisation

Today, there are thousands of incorporated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations across the country.

Women in Governance

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have always had valued roles and responsibilities in the governance of their families, clans, communities, and nations. Today, senior women are often the bedrock of community and family wellbeing, and are active in many leadership and governance roles.

Understanding Governance

Governance sets out how people choose to organise, how they share power, how they set their own priorities, how they get things done and how those decisions are held accountable.

Nation Building and Development

As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leader put it, “Australian governments may not see us as a nation, but we are going to act like a nation, in every way we can.” – Tom Day, CEO Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC