This conference seeks to provide an open dialogue and solution-orientated discussion for better public administration of Indigenous Affairs. Our deliberations will begin with a conference dinner on October 9 including insights from Dr Martin Parkinson AO. October 10 will be structured around an opening plenary, three interactive panel sessions bringing together local experts and international perspectives on subjects critical to public administration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and a closing plenary. Please note the schedule is subject to change.


Monday 9 October, 2017

Conference Dinner

University of Sydney Refectory

18:00 - 19:00

Pre-dinner drinks and canapes

19:00 - 21.30

Welcome to country

Welcome to the University of Sydney
Professor Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor

Dinner with guest speakers

Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM
Professor Ken Smith
Professor Chris Sarra
Leila Smith
Brendan Thomas
Professor Steven Larkin

Musical performance
Mission Songs Project


Dinner concludes

*timings are subject to change


 Tuesday 10 October, 2017


University of Sydney Refectory

7:30 - 8:15


8:15 - 8:30

Welcome to country

Welcome to the University of Sydney

Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence

8:30 - 9:00

Opening Plenary  - Creating an unprecedented public service for unprecedented times

Dr George Quezada, Inala Cooper

9:00 - 10:30

Government Churn, Institutional Memory and the Legacy of an Experimental Approach

Speaker: Dr Shawn Wilson

Panel Respondents: Dr Will Sanders, Joy Savage, Michelle Patterson

Facilitator: Professor Steven Larkin

Watch the recorded live stream of this session.

10:30 - 10:45

Morning tea

10:45 - 12:15

New boundaries for policymaking – Indigenous perspectives on data, cases and evidence

Panel Respondents: Andrea Mason, Professor Ian Anderson, Professor Martin Nakata

Facilitator: Professor Maggie Walter

12:15 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:45

Culture, Representation and Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being – Reimagining the Public Service

International Speakers: Arapata Hakiwai & Geraint Martin (New Zealand)     

Panel Respondents: Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Gregory Phillips

Facilitator: Professor Robynne Quiggin

Watch the recorded live stream of this session.

14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon tea

15:00 - 16:30

What have we learned and Where do we go from here?

Professor Julianne Schultz & Dr Sandra Phillips

16:30 - 16:40


Professor Ken Smith & Inala Cooper