Implementing 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.  


All nominations will be judged against each of the specified criteria. Clear evidence (qualitative and/or quantitative) is required against each criterion for the judging panel to determine a score.

  • Aboriginal free, prior and informed consent* 
  • An innovative, new or unique approach to forging new relationships/partnerships between government and the Aboriginal community 
  • A stronger Aboriginal voice in government decision-making (including the transfer of decision-making to the Aboriginal community) 
  • A high level of Aboriginal participation in planning, design, delivery, evaluation and renewal 
  • Aboriginal community autonomy (including transfer of control over resources from government to the Aboriginal community) 
  • Long-term sustainability 
  • Evaluation design and demonstrated impact and outcomes (such as through a case study)
  • High quality relative to the organisation size and its core business.  

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

Award Partner