ANZSOG releases Indigenous Affairs conference final report

ANZSOG releases Indigenous Affairs conference final report
  • Published Date: 06 November 2017

Following the success of the ANZSOG and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) Indigenous Affairs and Public Administration: Can’t we do better? conference ANZSOG has released a full report detailing the outcomes.

The report features an overview of what transpired over the day and a half, including a look back at some of the memorable speeches, panel discussions, photos, thoughtful reflections from delegates and participants, and a commissioned visual summary of the conference.

The report’s findings will feed into a number of other forums ANZSOG is co-hosting with PM&C in late 2017 and 2018.

Throughout the conference, key speakers delivered thought-provoking ideas for discussion. Dr Shawn Wilson, a Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, Canada, and academic at Southern Cross University, pointed to the necessity of taking Indigenous knowledge seriously to drive change.  While Andrea Mason, CEO of Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council, emphasised the importance of culture, saying, “Our culture owns us and we own it.”

PM&C’s Joy Savage said that public servants needed to include Indigenous communities from the beginning of policy development: “We’ve got to learn and embed to stop that top-down or centre-out approach, and learn from the experience of those on the ground.”

During the conference, the 250 delegates and participants were given the option to speak their minds during panel discussions, and to send in text messages with questions and comments. They were also invited to add their views and future actions to a ‘riverwalk’, which is featured in the report.

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The conference is not an end, but the beginning of a journey for ANZSOG. It marks a recognition that we have not lived up to our responsibility in the past to contribute to public sector leadership and public value in Indigenous affairs.

Consequently, ANZSOG will continue to work with PM&C, the New Zealand and Australian government and states and territories to build networks to support Indigenous public sector leadership.

We will start to implement the learnings from this conference in our teaching and research. We are developing materials and curriculum that will give public sector leaders a fuller understanding of the continuing impact of history, and equip them with an appropriate understanding of Indigenous cultures, knowledges and civics as it relates to our First Peoples.

To download and read the full report, click here.