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First Peoples, governance and new paradigms conference. February 2019.
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The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) with the support of 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.
The #FirstPeoples2019 conference was an opportunity for public sector leaders, not-for-profits, academics and Indigenous community organisations from across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to explore new approaches to Indigenous Affairs. A number of plenaries, parallel sessions and keynote speakers, challenged delegates to reimagine public sector leadership, government-community relationships, and policymaking.
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This year we will recognise Indigenous leadership in the public purpose sector with two excellence awards. They will be awarded for video entries showcasing an initiative, policy, program or personal story that demonstrates Indigenous strength and leadership in public administration in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
All jurisdictions across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are invited to submit a three-minute video, which will be judged by a panel, and premiered at the conference dinner to an audience of hundreds of Indigenous public sector and community leaders.
The two winners of the competition will receive AUD$5,000 each to be donated to a community, organisation or initiative of their choice. We encourage all entrants and those featured in the video to attend the conference, and we will be providing the two award winners with financial assistance for up to three people to attend the conference for free.
The videos will form a pivotal component of another new ANZSOG initiative designed to feature content produced directly by and with Indigenous peoples. The Indigenous Wise Practice stream, which will become a part of our renowned Case Library, will showcase strengths-based Indigenous initiatives and Indigenous leadership. These cases will bring the wise, resilient and innovative ideas and practices of Indigenous peoples to centre-stage. Cases will be available as an online resource for practitioners and scholars for use in public administration teaching and practice.
Submissions deadline: 31 January 2019. Entrants must be from a public sector or not-for-profit organisation in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand. There is no restriction on size or scope of the organisation. The team submitting the video should include members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori heritage.
Purpose: Every submission will be featured in the new Indigenous Wise Practice stream of ANZSOG’s Case Library. The materials are intended for use as teaching and learning resources only. By submitting your video, you are granting ANZSOG a non-exclusive licence to copy or reproduce materials in its Case Library, website and marketing materials, including social media. ANZSOG respects the rights of Indigenous peoples to protect and control the use of their knowledge, images and stories, and will work with Entrants to ensure the use and reproduction of submissions is appropriate.
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?
The 2019 Conference provides an opportunity to rethink assumptions about Indigenous Affairs and the public service to ensure a better system for the next 50 years and beyond. It is a chance to reimagine policy, procedures and relationships, with a focus on what success looks like in Indigenous Affairs in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.