Our vision

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are heard, recognised and empowered.

Our purpose

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) works in genuine partnership to enable the self-determination and aspirations of First Nations communities. We lead and influence change across government to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a say in the decisions that affect them.

Our responsibilities

The National Indigenous Australians Agency was established by an Executive Order signed by the Governor-General on 29 May 2019.

The Executive Order gives the NIAA a number of functions, including:

  • to lead and coordinate Commonwealth policy development, program design and implementation and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • to provide advice to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Australians on whole-of-government priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • to lead and coordinate the development and implementation of Australia’s Closing the Gap targets in partnership with Indigenous Australians; and
  • to lead Commonwealth activities to promote reconciliation.

You can read the full list of responsibilities in the Executive Order.

Our structure

The NIAA structure is designed to better meet the Government’s priorities to effectively deliver on our Executive Order, strengthen our ability to deliver as one team and enhance our partnership with Indigenous Australians.

Key design underpinnings include creating a greater balance of strategic, social and economic policy including a dedicated focus on economic development in the north; enhancing relationships across jurisdictions as well as in place; and improving Agency wide performance.

The NIAA is led by the CEO, Jody Broun, and two Deputy CEOs each with distinct responsibilities. Julie-Ann Guivarra is the Deputy CEO for Policy and Programs, and James Christian, PSM is the Deputy CEO for Operations and Delivery.

Organisational Chart

Our values

  • We respect multiple perspectives
  • We are authentic
  • We are professional and act with integrity
  • We invest in each other’s success
  • We deliver with purpose

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)



ED: The NIAA employs 1300 staff including and executive team of more than 40 people who earn in excess of $200,00 a year.

Last financial year, it handed out money of more than $1.5 billion .. according to the NIAA’s website.


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  • Alan Foyle March 18, 2023  

    OK , I accept that they are proud of their ancestors. But so am I. Stick you “Welcome to Country” BS up your ass and the Smoking Ceremony participants should be issued Vapes. The same people would have a bowel movement if anyone came near them with a cigarette yet suck up the smoke from a Smoking Ceremony. How fake is that! In short, far cough with your BS attempts to suck the $$$$ out of the AUS public, get a far king job and support yourselves. Blood sucker from people that have NEVER associated themselves with the Aboriginal population until the $$$$ came to the fore.

  • Keith March 19, 2023  

    I am part Irish part British born in Australia with great Grand Parents who were exported in irons from England, I am proud of my heritage but I don’t claim to be either Irish or British, there’s no money in that for me. It is quite obvious that to be part aboriginal is beneficial to an individual regardless, but I wonder why when claimants are less than 50% Aboriginal and born in the cities have any claim to country when they have never experienced it? This is the major anomaly that has to be legislated so that the free loading masses are unable to jump on the wagon. Welcome to country is an insult to any Australian other than real Aboriginals who live out in the communities, where they hold smoking ceremonies as a part of their funeral rites.

  • Kenneth Ronald Taylor March 19, 2023  

    We already have a good number of people who are recognised as Indigenous in Government now. But the Pollies with them do not listen to them as it is, so why set up another mob of non active people being ignored?
    You got my “Vote” a Big “NO”.

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