2020 Conference theme

The need for the public service to rethink the way it relates with First Peoples requires genuine partnerships to transform rhetoric to reality. Building genuine partnerships takes time and will ultimately lead to better outcomes for all.

The Proud Partnerships in Place: 2020 ANZSOG First Peoples’ Public Administration Conference will build on successes we are already seeing across Australia, Aotearoa-New Zealand and internationally. It will also challenge participants to think beyond the way things have always operated, to consider how First Peoples’ knowledge, local community decision-making and new relationships with government and the public purpose sector, can be mobilised to meet the challenges of a changing world.

Governments and First Peoples are working together on treaty, voice, recognition and partnership, to solve local and global challenges. This work constitutes a resetting of relationships and will set a new course for how First Peoples and government agencies work together in the future. The conference will provide an opportunity to examine how local knowledge can address global challenges in the face of increasingly constrained resources, threats to the environment and the disproportionate impact of these events on First Peoples’ communities.

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Conference program and location

ANZSOG invites Indigenous community organisations, government agencies, academics, not-for-profits and the private sector to attend the conference on 26-27 May. The conference will take place on Jagera and Turrbal country, at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) Southbank and will provide a safe environment for honest discussions and encourage positive contributions relating to the future of First Peoples’ public administration in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand.

The conference program is currently under development, but will include plenaries with keynote speakers and international Indigenous leaders, along with breakout sessions with distinguished public sector, community and academic representatives. Delegates can also enjoy a networking reception, gala dinner with special guest performers, a First Peoples' marketplace and cultural activities around the Brisbane Southbank area. Please check the ANZSOG website for further program information closer to the date.

Conference attendees will be notified as speakers are confirmed. Early bird, group and community discounted pricing is available upon registration. This will include a link to Brisbane Destination iFrame – a ready-to-go destination webpage with general information about local transport discounts for interstate and international delegates, free orientation tours of the city, pre and post touring options and much more. Conference delegates will be able to access the final program, venue maps, facilities information, dining options etc. on the free BCEC conference App closer to the event.

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