First Peoples, governance and new paradigms conference. February 2019.
20-21 February 2019 Federation Square, Melbourne
The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) in partnership with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) will hold 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 are 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 will also look 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.
This year’s conference will feature a mixture of interactive breakout sessions and plenaries, exploring topics such as:
Plenaries will be held at Deakin Edge, with breakout sessions occurring at National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Australia and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), all located within Federation Square.
A full conference program will be released soon.
More speakers to be confirmed.
Located in the heart of Melbourne, Federation Square is close to public transport and city accommodation providers.
Register before 31 October to take advantage of early bird prices.
Full delegate (conference plus reception)
Indigenous community service sector full delegate (conference plus reception)
Indigenous community service sector registration
*Prices are in Australian dollars (AUD) and exclude GST.
ANZSOG commissioned an artwork from local Indigenous painter Emma Bamblett for the conference. A proud Wemba Wemba woman, born and raised in Echuca on the Murray River, Emma has found inspiration and motivation from the arts community in Melbourne as well as working in the Aboriginal child and family welfare sector. "Journey" represents coming together, journey and connection - all tenets behind Reimagining Public Administration. Read more about Emma and the meaning behind her artwork, in her own words.
At the 2017 conference, held at the University of Sydney, ANZSOG with the key support of PM&C looked back over the 50 years of public administration of Indigenous affairs since the 1967 referendum and asked the question, Can’t we do better?
At the 2019 conference delegates will look forward 50 years, and explore what needs to change for public administration in Australia to live up to its responsibility to meet the aspirations of First Peoples and support positive outcomes for Indigenous communities.
For more information, including a recap and post-conference report, see the 2017 Indigenous conference page.