IPAA Victoria

Advancing Aboriginal Self-Determination Award

Advancing Aboriginal Self-Determination Award

Empowering Aboriginal communities to achieve long-term change and improved outcomes, through developing new relationships and new ways of working

Embedding the voice and agency of Aboriginal Victorians in decision making at all three levels of government and across agencies is critical to achieving long-term generational and improved outcomes for Aboriginal communities. This award celebrates Aboriginal self-determination as enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through active partnerships that are transferring policy and program decision-making and resources to the Victorian Aboriginal community.


Nominations should demonstrate and provide evidence of:

  1. An innovative, new or unique approach to forging new relationships/partnerships between government and the Aboriginal community

  2. A stronger Aboriginal voice in government decision-making (including the transfer of decision-making to the Aboriginal community)

  3. A high level of Aboriginal participation in planning, design, delivery, evaluation and renewal

  4. Aboriginal free, informed, prior consent

  5. Aboriginal community autonomy (including transfer of control over resources from government to the Aboriginal community)

  6. Long-term sustainability

  7. Evaluation design, measuring impact and outcomes (if available, provide evidence of effective implementation).

Nominations are now closed.

The Aboriginal Self-Determination Award is proudly sponsored by Hall & Wilcox

Nominations Tips

Each year our judges tell us that evidence is critical to an award-winning nomination. Be sure to provide data and evidence to support the statements you make in your nomination.

  1. If your project or initiative is still in its infancy and you don’t have any tangible evidence to support its nomination, you might want to consider applying in a subsequent year.

  2. Make sure you address all of the criteria for the award category you’re nominating in.

  3. Write clearly, to the point, and back up your statements.

  4. Be sure to use the option to provide supporting documents. This is your chance to show, rather than tell, of your project or initiative’s merit.

  5. That said, curate what you provide as supporting documents. Our judges have to examine a number of nominations; don’t make it hard for them to find the compelling evidence.

  6. If you have a query, email awards@vic.ipaa.org.au.