Journey by Emma Bamblett


This conference was held on the 20-21 February 2019. We thank all delegates, speakers and sponsors for their attendance and support. View photos and presentations on the post-conference resources page.

Download the official Reimagining Public Administration: First Peoples, governance and new paradigms conference program.

The Reimagining Public Administration: First Peoples, governance and new paradigms conference is an opportunity to rethink assumptions about Indigenous Affairs and the public service. Current systems are hierarchical, reductionist and self-perpetuating. So how can effective and sustained changes be made to these systems to benefit First Peoples and reflect Indigenous ways of being?

This conference 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. ANZSOG invites Conference Delegates to come prepared to engage in critical discussions, as well as take away tangible ideas and actions, in order to build an effective reimagined public service that delivers for Indigenous peoples and communities.

Plenary sessions will challenge and inspire Delegates with high-level discussions around governance and new paradigms.

Twelve parallel sessions will provide opportunities to hear a variety of case-studies, explore solutions and undertake deep-dive discussions. These sessions will be streamed along the following themes:

  Reimagining leadership
  Reimagining relationships
  Reimagining service systems
  Reimagining knowledge systems

Speakers from the United States, New Zealand and across Australia, will share their knowledge and expertise. The list of currently confirmed speakers is available on the conference speakers page.

Please note: The Conference program is in development and program titles are subject to change. We will share the final program on this page soon.

DAY ONE - Wednesday 20 February 2019


Registrations open

Arrival tea and coffee


Welcome to Country and cultural opening

MC: Karla Grant 

Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di Kerr


Opening remarks

Facilitator: Karla Grant 

Speakers: Craig Ritchie, Leilani Bin-Juda PSM, Michelle Hippolite 


Plenary: Self-governing not governed: empowering Indigenous people and communities

Facilitator: Karla Grant

Speaker: Professor Marcia Langton AM  


Morning tea


Plenary: International perspectives on Indigenous affairs

Leila Smith, Dr Karen Diver, Dr Miriam Jorgensen, Associate Professor Morgan Brigg, Lil Anderson

1.00-2.00pm Lunch
2.00-3.30pm Parallel streams:


Indigenous leaders in the Public Service

Facilitator: Craig Ritchie

Speakers: Michelle Hippolite, Dr Daryn Bean



Facilitator: Elly Patira

Speakers: Jill Gallagher AO, Josh Smith, Peter Douglas


Health systems free of racism and inequity

Facilitator: Romlie Mokak

Speakers: Adrian Carson, Dr Rawiri Jansen, Dr Kalinda Griffiths 


Land, water and environment

Facilitator: Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker

Speakers: Ricky Archer, Fred Hooper, Horiana Irwin-Easthope


Afternoon tea

4.00-5.30pm Parallel streams:


Public Service reform

Facilitator: Damien Miller

Speakers: Professor Glyn Davis AO, Professor Tom Calma AO, Lil Anderson 


Power sharing between governments and community

Facilitator: Geoff Richardson 

Speakers: Jason Ardler PSM, Brandi Hudson, Sam Jeffries


The voice of children

Facilitator: Belinda Duarte

Speakers: Hoani Lambert, Mick Gooda 


The politics of data:

Facilitator: Michelle Deshong

Speakers: Professor Maggie Walter, Professor Ian Anderson AO, Associate Professor Maui Hudson


Conference dinner 

Includes cultural entertainment and keynote speaker Adam Goodes



DAY TWO  - Thursday 21 February 2019


Cultural  tours of Federation Square

Yarning space - coffee and networking

These are optional activities

9.00-9.30am Arrival tea and coffee 

Plenary: Year of Indigenous languages

Facilitator: Sharon Nelson-Kelly

Speakers: Steven Renata, Professor Len Collard, Dr Vicki Couzens

11.00-11.30am  Morning tea
11.30-1.00pm  Parallel sessions: 


Lessons from the community: What they want you to know

Facilitator: Dr Karen Diver

Speakers: Denise Bowden, Liz Marsden


A new paradigm for Indigenous-Settler relations 

Facilitator: Dr Sana Nakata 

Speakers: Professor Sarah Maddison

Culture is education

Facilitator: Paulina Motlop

Speakers: Timothy Warwick, Miranda Edwards, Steven Renata


Arts and culture

Facilitator: Franchesca Cubillo

Speakers: Stephen Arnott PSM, Lydia Miller, Linnae Pohatu

1.00-2.00pm Lunch


Facilitator: Karla Grant

Speakers: Craig Ritchie, Leilani Bin-Juda, Michelle Hippolite 

3.30pm Afternoon tea