Aboriginal Leadership and Governance Forum

Aboriginal Leadership and Governance Forum 2020

Important message

Due to concerns around the changing and widespread impacts of COVID-19, the Northern Territory Government has made the decision to postpone the NT Aboriginal Leadership & Governance Forum.

This decision like many rescheduled events and forums takes into consideration the measures being enforced from a National and Territory level to reduce transmission of COVID-19 throughout our communities, and in particular remote communities. Therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our delegates, sponsors and the general community.

Details about the rescheduled date for the Forum will be provided shortly on our website, via email and through social media once confirmed over the coming days.

We would like to thank everyone for your ongoing support, commitment and understanding at this time and look forward to seeing you all at the NT Aboriginal Leadership & Governance Forum later this year.

All ticket holders are eligible for a full refund. Please email oaa@nt.gov.au with your ticket reference number. Alternatively, all tickets will be valid for the new date, we recommend waiting for the announcement of the rescheduled date within the next week.

Please contact us if you have any questions,

Aboriginal Affairs Strategic Partnerships
Department of the Chief Minister Northern Territory
Government PO Box 2605,
Alice Springs, NT 0871
08 8951 5183

About the event

In 2020, 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 forum will be held during Reconciliation Week which is a perfect time to reflect, acknowledge and pay respect to Aboriginal history, culture and achievements.

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 2020. It will include a welcome reception, keynote presentations, masterclasses, panel discussions and an evening event.


Held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on 28 and 29 May 2020, 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 and panel discussions hear firsthand about:

  • different leadership styles and governance practices
  • the challenges and opportunities facing Aboriginal people

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.

Current leaders

Aspiring leaders

Future leaders

Aboriginal organisations

Small to medium enterprises

Private sector organisations

Industry associations


Northern Territory Government key decision makers

Registration is now open.

An early bird offer is currently available of $200 per person including admission to both days of the forum and the evening function.

Early Bird Sales close: 31 March 2020
General Admission Sales will be available from 1 April to 15 May at a cost of $300 per person.

Registrations are closing on 15 May 2020 unless sold out prior.

Register now

Support for remote residents

Some travel and accommodation assistance is available for remote based Northern Territory Aboriginal residents to attend the forum.
Please complete the

to be considered for support to attend.

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

The 2020 NT Aboriginal Leadership & Governance Forum has grown to include two days and an evening function. As a result, we 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), Bronze ($2,500) and/or an evening function sponsor ($8,000). Silver and Bronze sponsors are able to provide either cash or support in-kind. This may include sponsorship of the entertainment, prizes 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 sponsor, your logo will be displayed on marketing and promotional materials in the lead up to, during and following the forum. Gold sponsors will be invited to speak and/or present and all sponsors will be acknowledged during the evening function. Additional benefits are provided to Gold sponsors.

For further information please see the sponsorship prospectus PDF (2.3 MB) 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: 20 March 2020

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