IPAA Victoria

Advancing Aboriginal Self-Determination Award

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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 will be judged against each of the specified criteria. Suitable evidence is required against each criteria for the judging panel to determine a score. Where a criteria is deemed to be not met as a result of no evidence being provided, a score against that criteria will not be recorded. Each and all nominations are to be evaluated against all criteria:

  1. Aboriginal free, informed, prior consent*

  2. Clear evidence of a commitment to the goals of diversity and inclusion

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

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

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

  6. Aboriginal free, informed, prior consent

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

  8. Long-term sustainability

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

    *Nominations must address this criterion to be eligible for consideration.

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. You should provide evidence that the project or initiative has been substantially developed and delivered.

  2. Nominations should provide evidence of the actual impact the project or initiative has had. If there is little evidence of such, include as substantial an idea as possible of the anticipated impact.

  3. The nominee doesn’t necessarily need to provide evidence of their direct involvement in the project or initiative.

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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