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Adam Goodes to speak at Indigenous Affairs and public administration conference

20 November 2018

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Former AFL star Adam Goodes is the latest addition to the list of speakers at next year’s Indigenous Affairs conference: Reimagining Public Administration: First Peoples, governance and new paradigms.

The dual AFL premiership player, dual Brownlow Medallist and four-time All-Australian has been confirmed as the plenary speaker at the reception event of the two-day conference.

Mr Goodes, the 2014 Australian of the Year and member of the AFL’s Indigenous Team of the Century, is renowned for his tireless community work aimed at empowering the next generation of Indigenous role models, as well as his advocacy in the fight against racism and discrimination.

Mr Goodes is also the co-founder of the GO Foundation, along with fellow AFL legend Michael O’Loughlin, which seeks to empower Indigenous Australian youth from early childhood to employment through mentoring, leadership, networks and support.

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Indigenous Affairs Conference, the second of its kind supported by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, will be held at Melbourne’s Federation Square on 20-21 February 2019.

Tickets are now on sale.

Leaders from academia, Indigenous community organisations, the public and not-for-profit sectors and from across Australia and New Zealand will be in attendance to explore the future of Indigenous public administration, embedding Indigenous ways of knowing and doing into public service practice, and a range of policy topics including health, education, and justice.  

This year’s conference will feature a mixture of interactive breakout sessions and plenaries, exploring topics such as:

policy specific workshops on justice, education, health and the arts
the role of self-determination in future government – First People’s relations
Indigenous knowledge and practice in public administration and public sector leadership

Plenaries will be held at Deakin Edge, with breakout sessions occurring at National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Australia and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), all located within Federation Square.

Other conference speakers include:

Professor Ian Anderson AO, Deputy Secretary for Indigenous Affairs at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Dr Stephen Arnott PSM, First Assistant Secretary for the Arts Division, Department of Communications and the Arts
Lil Anderson, Deputy Secretary Crown/ Māori Relations, Ministry of Justice (New Zealand)
Dr Morgan Brigg, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, The University of Queensland
Professor Glyn Davis AC, Distinguished Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and Chair, ANZSOG Research Committee
Dr Karen Diver, inaugural Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence for Native American Affairs at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota; former Special Assistant for Native-American Affairs during the Obama Administration
Andrew Jackomos PSM, Special Advisor for Aboriginal Self-Determination, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria
Dr Miriam Jorgensen, Research Director, University of Arizona Native Nations Institute & the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Associate Professor Sarah Maddison, Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration, University of Melbourne
Lydia Miller, Executive Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts
Romlie Mokak, CEO, The Lowitja Institute
Dr Sana Nakata, ARC Discovery Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Craig Ritchie, CEO, The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS
Josh Smith, Executive Director, Aboriginal Victoria
Maggie Walter, Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania

To hear from Adam Goodes at the conference reception, full delegate (conference plus reception) tickets must be purchased at a cost of $950.

ANZSOG can provide transport and accommodation assistance for eligible delegates from the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori community service sector and controlled organisations. Prioritisation will be given to delegates from remote locations.

Visit the conference page to find out more.