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Michael Cawthorn
Consultant anthropologist

There are a range of resources available on both national and international governance practice. The resources below cover Indigenous, community and corporate governance matters.

Australia governance organisations, research institutes and resources

Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI)

The AIGI operates as a national centre of governance excellence, to connect Indigenous Australians to world-class governance practice, informing effective policy, providing accessible research, disseminating stories that celebrate outstanding success and solutions, and delivering professional training and development programs to meet the self-determined governance needs of Indigenous people.

AIGI hosts The Indigenous Governance Toolkit, an online resource developed for Indigenous nations, communities, individuals and organisations searching for information to build their governance.

Aboriginal Governance and Management Program (APONT)

APONT works with Aboriginal organisations in the Northern Territory to build on their strengths. It assists Aboriginal organisations while learning about their governance and management strengths, structures, challenges, needs and successes.

Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation Australia aims to progress reconciliation through recognising, supporting and celebrating strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance and self-determination. Reconciliation Australia celebrates success in Indigenous governance through the bi-annual Indigenous Governance Awards.

National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS), Australian National University

The National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) promotes and initiates cross-disciplinary research and teaching in a wide range of areas of relevance to Indigenous Australians.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is at the forefront of research led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who are involved as researchers, partners and drivers of research priorities and projects.

Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith Univerity

The Centre for Governance and Public Policy is focused on research and practice in the development of social and corporate governance, and the delivery of public policy that impacts the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC)

ORIC's training programs support the Registrar's commitment to increase corporate governance knowledge, skills, efficiency and accountability within corporations. A range of helpful factsheets can also be found on the ORIC website.ORIC offers two governance training programs:

Introduction to Corporate Governance workshops                                                                                                         Two-day Governance Workshops

Ninti One

Ninti One is a not-for-profit, independent national company that builds opportunities for people in remote Australia through research, innovation and community development. The Two-way Governance Resource has been designed to support and promote two-way learning and informed decision making (related to mainstream governance) in remote Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory.

Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) provides training courses and resources for boards, directors and senior management executives. The AICD offers an Indigenous Governance Program that recognises the unique challenges faced by the boards of medium and large Indigenous organisations.

Institute of Community Directors

The Institute of Community Directors Australia is a best practice governance network for the members of Australian not-for-profit boards, committees and councils, and the senior staff members who support them.

Governance Institute of Australia

Governance Institute of Australia is an independent professional association for company secretaries, governance advisers and risk managers in Australia, committed to promoting sound practice in governance and risk management.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

The ACNC is the independent national regulator of charities. A range of governance resources can be found on the ACNC website, many of which are relevant to PBC governance.

International governance organisations, research institutes and resources

Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre (N.Z.)

Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Māori Development (N.Z.)

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Indigenous Leadership Management (Canada)

Centre for First Nations Governance (Canada)

British Colombia Assembly of First Nations (Canada)

The British Colombia Treaty Commission (Canada)

University of Victoria, Indigenous Governance Program (Canada)

Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (U.S.) 

The University of Arizona, Native Nations Institute (U.S.) 

The National Congress of American Indians (U.S.)

Portland State University, The Institute for Tribal Government (U.S.) 

Kansas University, Tribal Law & Government Center (U.S.)

Last modified: 
1 Jun, 2018