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Indigenous Affairs and Public Administration (2017 conference)

Indigenous Affairs and Public Administration: Can’t we do better?

In partnership, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), the University of Sydney, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) held the conference ‘Indigenous Affairs and Public Administration: Can’t we do better?’ at the University of Sydney on 9 and 10 October 2017.

2017 marked 50 years since the 1967 referendum resulted in the Commonwealth gaining national responsibilities for the administration of Indigenous affairs. This is a shared responsibility with state and territory administrations. The conference questioned the impact of the past 50 years of public administration and raised issues for the next 50 years in this important nation building area.

The event was attended by over 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, other Indigenous peoples, public servants from state and federal governments, and the academy.

ANZSOG saw outstanding contributions from a range of speakers including Australia’s Chris Sarra, Leila Smith, Joy Savage, Andrea Mason, Martin Nakata, Ian Anderson, Maggie Walter, Gregory Phillips and New Zealand’s Arapata Hakiwai and Geraint Martin, to name just a few.


Watch recorded live streams

During the conference we recorded and broadcast two sessions. You can now watch them below via our Facebook page.

Watch videos from the conference

Reflections from the conference:

Taking the steps to improvement:

Conference videos produced by Griffith University journalism interns Cameron Weightman and Carla Westwood.

View photos from the conference: 


Conference partners



“Timeless” artwork by Jordan Roser