The Australia and New Zealand School of Government acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which the organisation operates and pays respect to Elders, past and present.

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. 

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. 

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

For an interactive map of local iwi (Māori) tribal areas across New Zealand, please see the Te Puni Kōkiri website

"Timeless" artwork by Jordan Roser