Aboriginal Leadership and Governance Forum

2021 Aboriginal leadership forum Alice Springs

About the event

In 2021, the Northern Territory Government in partnership with key stakeholders is holding a two day forum to celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal leadership and governance, while stimulating and inspiring self-determined leadership and governance by Aboriginal people.

The highly anticipated forum will create an important opportunity to showcase and recognise exceptional Aboriginal leadership and governance in the Northern Territory.

The forum is designed to create a space for sharing, learning and exchanging how Aboriginal people and groups are influencing and reclaiming their leadership and governance that ensures culture, people and places are at the heart of their decision making and in turn achieving community aspirations.

The Forum provides an opportunity to bring together delegates, from across the Territory’s regional and remote communities, that includes elders, senior members of Aboriginal organisations and businesses, emerging leaders, together with heads of corporate, government and community organisations to share, inspire and connect.

The forum is a key event for Aboriginal Affairs in the Territory in 2021. It will include a welcome reception, keynote presentations, masterclasses, panel discussions and a networking event.


Held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on 16 and 17 September in 2021, this two day forum is designed to stimulate, inspire and celebrate what leadership and governance means to Aboriginal people today.

Through a mix of keynote speakers, case studies, masterclasses and panel discussions hear firsthand about:

  • different leadership styles and governance practices
  • the challenges and opportunities facing Aboriginal people
  • Masterclasses will focus on finance literacy, governance essentials and culture and leadership

Helping to generate robust and honest discussions in the heart of the nation – Alice Springs.

This is an ideal opportunity for people living in remote and regional communities to meet people from across the region, Territory and nation.

The Forum is expected to attract up to 200 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal delegates who are involved or have an interest in leadership and governance.

Key groups include:

  • Current leaders: elders/senior members of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations and government and corporate
  • Aspiring leaders: First Circles’ members, Youth Round Table members
  • Future leaders/young people: Clontarf, Girls Academy, Right Tracks
  • Aboriginal organisations
  • Small to medium enterprises
  • Private sector organisations
  • Industry associations
  • Councils
  • Northern Territory Government key decision makers

Registration is now open.

General Admission Sales are available at a cost of $300 per person.

Registrations are closing on 10 September 2021 unless sold out prior.

Register now

Are you a remote based Northern Territory Aboriginal resident who would like to attend the 2021 NT Aboriginal Leadership and Governance Forum?

If so, you may be eligible to receive support to attend the NT Aboriginal Leadership & Governance Forum (NT AL&GF) to be held on 16 & 17 September 2021 at the Alice Springs Convention Centre.

Support to attend the Forum may include registration for the forum, travel and accommodation.

To be considered for support to attend the NT AL&GF you must identify as an Aboriginal resident based in regional or remote Northern Territory.

Please complete the below form to be considered for support to attend.

If you require further assistance, please call 08 8951 5183 for further information.

The Northern Territory Government have extended the opportunity for organisations to contribute or participate through in-kind and financial sponsorship for the first time. Sponsorship of the Forum will guarantee exposure to an audience of more than 200 Aboriginal leaders including elders, senior members of Aboriginal organisations, aspiring Aboriginal youth, with heads of corporate, government and community organisations also invited to contribute and participate.

There are a range of sponsorship options that your organisation may like to consider including Gold ($10,000), Silver ($5,000) and Bronze ($2,500). Silver and Bronze sponsors are able to provide either cash or support in-kind. This may include sponsorship of the entertainment, gifts or coverage of the forum through media or other outlets.

All sponsors will receive tickets to the forum, depending on the level of sponsorship.

As a key stakeholder involved in the delivery of this premiere forum you will receive great long lasting benefits and continue to contribute to the critical importance of Aboriginal leadership and governance in the Territory and beyond.

It is well recognised that partnerships and working together is the key to create change and meet community aspirations.

For further information please see the Sponsorship Prospectus PDF (329.1 KB) which outlines the various sponsorship options.

Should you wish to sponsor the forum or require further information, please contact the Office of Aboriginal Affairs on (08) 8951 5183 or oaa@nt.gov.au

For more information contact Office of Aboriginal Affairs on (08) 8951 5183 or email oaa@nt.gov.au

Last updated: 29 January 2021

Give feedback about this page.

Share this page:

URL copied!