We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and First Peoples of Australia and Māori, as tangata whenua and Treaty of Waitangi partners in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

An image of the artwork Timeless by Indigenous artist Jordan Roser

ANZSOG is committed to working with communities across Australia and New Zealand to promote and prioritise the perspectives and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Māori.

As part of the organisation's responsibility to First Peoples, ANZSOG is developing programs and research to support the development of better educated, informed and motivated public sector leaders. This is relevant for all members of the public service, including Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori public sector leaders and non-Indigenous public sector leaders.

As ANZSOG Dean and CEO Professor Ken Smith has explained, “Public services need to become more responsive to the needs of Indigenous people, and to recognise that the whole nation can benefit from incorporating Indigenous knowledge and understandings into policy and practice.”

Recognising the value and meaning of Indigenous knowledge and culture is critical to ANZSOG's mission of ensuring the development of better ideas, evidence and networks for the public sector. All this delivers public value through better government and better outcomes for all citizens.

This page aims to share and promote ANZSOG's activities in this space to assist public service officers, managers and executives in their approach to the administration of Indigenous affairs as well as to the contribution of Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing to the broader endeavours of the public purpose sector. 

ANZSOG Learning and Action Protocol

ANZSOG is committed to an inclusive approach across all its practices and curriculum that prioritises the unique contributions and value of Māori, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As part of this commitment, ANZSOG has developed a Learning and Action Protocol, which offers guidance for faculty, staff, students and partners of ANZSOG.

This protocol is designed to ensure that all ANZSOG practices respect Māori, Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities.

ANZSOG submission to the APS Review

This paper explores how the APS could change the Public Service Act 1999 to incorporate First Peoples knowledge and approaches into the core values and ways of working of the federal public service. It recommends working with Indigenous communities to create a formal acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Act and to better recognise Indigenous approaches to governance through changes to the APS values.

Download paper:  document Indigenous values for the APS (318 KB)

Indigenous News - ANZSOG's newsletter for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori

Join us in celebrating some of ANZSOG’s Indigenous alumni and the work the organisation is undertaking to lift the quality of public sector management by subscribing to ANZSOG's regular newsletter, Indigenous News.

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Past events 

Reimagining Public Administration: First Peoples, governance and new paradigms

20-21 February 2019
Federation Square, Melbourne

journey by emma bamblett

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) in partnership with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) held its second Indigenous affairs conference, Reimagining Public Administration: First Peoples, governance and new paradigms at Melbourne’s Federation Square on 20-21 February 2019. 

Public sector leaders, not-for-profits, academics and Indigenous community organisations from across Australia and New Zealand were invited to explore new ideas and discuss better ways of engaging with Indigenous communities including Indigenous knowledge and culture in public service practice. 

The #FirstPeoples2019 conference looked at the relations between the New Zealand government and Māori people, what Australia can learn from the New Zealand experience, and how we can build stronger links between the two nations’ First Peoples.

ANZSOG Senior Indigenous Public Servant Forum 2017

Senior Indigenous Public Servants in front of Parliament House in Canberra

Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori public servants from all ten jurisdictions met in Canberra from 9-11 December 2018 for the second ANZSOG Indigenous Public Servant Forum. The forum, held with the financial support of the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Governments of South Australia, Tasmania and NSW, aims to develop a plan to improve representation of Indigenous peoples, culture and knowledge in the public sector.

Read more and view a photo gallery of the Forum at the Forum news article

Indigenous Affairs and Public Administration: Can’t we do better?

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), the University of Sydney, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) held the conference ‘Indigenous Affairs and Public Administration: Can’t we do better?’ at the University of Sydney on 9 and 10 October 2017.

A range of speakers sparked ’courageous conversations’ around the need for change in Indigenous policy, the need to respect and learn from Indigenous culture and the best ways to ensure genuine involvement of Indigenous people and communities in policy development and implementation.

To ensure that the learnings from the Conference are used to work towards change, an ANZSOG report is available on the Conference webpage and continues to feed into a number of other forums ANZSOG is co-hosting with PM&C in late 2017 and 2018.

Videos and photos from the Conference are also available on the Conference webpage. 

ANZSOG Senior Indigenous Public Servant Forum 2017

Indigenous forum

ANZSOG hosted a Senior Indigenous Public Servant Forum in 13-14 December 2017, supported by Australian and New Zealand governments and funded by the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The forum was attended by more than 60 Indigenous public servants from Australia and New Zealand, and allowed participants to discuss frankly the challenges of being a minority within the public service and the benefits that could be delivered by employing more First Peoples.

ANZSOG has complied a report outlining the findings of the forum that can be downloaded below. 

Indigenous maps


AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia

This map serves as a reminder of the language, social or nation groups of Aboriginal Australia on the land in which ANZSOG operates. It shows only the general locations of larger groupings of people which may include clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. It used published resources from 1988-1994 and is not intended to be exact, nor the boundaries fixed. It is not suitable for native title or other land claims. David R Horton (creator), © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, 1996. No reproduction without permission. To purchase a print version, please visit the AIATSIS online shop

New Zealand

Maori map


Ngā iwi o Aotearoa provides an indication of the approximate relation of iwi (tribes), and some larger hapū (sub-tribes), to geography and rohe (region). Ngā iwi o Aotearoa, Edition 1, 2016 Copyright © Tuhi Tuhi Communications. Created by Dr Virginia Tamanui and Sjimmy Fransen. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . No reproduction without permission. To purchase a print version or subscribe to the TAKOA App (Aotearoa Indigenous networking), please visit the

"Timeless" artwork by Jordan Roser