2021 Conference Theme

The past 12 months have been difficult for many, not least partnerships between Indigenous communities and governments. While many have been challenged, genuine partnerships built on foundations of trust and respect have not only survived but been agile, innovative and even strengthened through the environmental challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualities that have resulted in a different and successful post-COVID recovery, require detailed exploration.

The Proud Partnerships in Place: 2021 ANZSOG First Peoples Public Administration Virtual Conference will unpack and celebrate the 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 needs of communities.

Governments and First Peoples are working together on a range of treaty, well-being budget initiatives, voice, recognition, land management, health and social service issues that all require authentic partnerships, to solve local and global challenges. This work constitutes a resetting of relationships and will determine a new course for how First Peoples and government agencies work together into 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.

Conference Program and Location

ANZSOG invites Indigenous community organisations, government agencies, academics, not-for-profits and the private sector to attend the virtual conference from 17 February to 10 March 2021, across four consecutive Wednesdays 11.30am - 2.30pm AEDT.

The conference will take place virtually, using leading technology from OnAir to provide a safe environment either at the office, a community venue, your home or your preferred device while on the road, 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 a keynote address from a prominent Indigenous speaker, plenaries and panel discussions with distinguished speakers and international Indigenous leaders. Virtual breakout sessions with speakers will enable you to move between sessions and be inspired by distinguished public sector, community and academic representatives. 

Networking sessions will also be available where attendees can choose and schedule several one hour ‘pre-event sessions’ and move effortlessly between a range of virtual meeting hubs to catch up in an informal virtual setting.

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.

Conference delegates will be given access to the event portal url via email prior to 17 February 2021.

First Peoples Conferences

This is the third ANZSOG First Peoples Public Administration Conference, delivered in partnership with National Indigenous Australia Agency (NIAA). The 2017 and 2019 conferences provided an opportunity for the public sector, community organisations, not-for-profit representatives and academics to explore new approaches to First Peoples public administration.

For more general conference information please review the FAQs on the ANZSOG website – 2021 conference.

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First Peoples Strategy

Indigenous models of governance and political organisation are some of the oldest and longest continuing in the world and are a foundation for our understanding of distinctly Australian and Aotearoa-New Zealand governance models. Developing a First Peoples strategy recognises the impact of colonisation on Indigenous peoples, and the long history of government policies and actions that have disadvantaged and discriminated against First Peoples in both Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand. ANZSOG’s Strategy 2025 commits to “working with communities across Australia and New Zealand to promote and prioritise the perspectives and contributions of First Peoples”. The ANZSOG First Peoples Strategy builds on this commitment.

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