Wise Practice collection
ANZSOG’s Wise Practice collection is a combination of public administration and policy resources centred on the knowledge and culture of the First Peoples of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
The evolving Wise Practice collection focuses on stories which demonstrate how First Peoples culture, knowledge and perspectives can achieve successful outcomes when Indigenous communities and governments come together to work in partnership.
The Wise Practice collection draws on material from the renowned John L. Alford Case Library, established to recognise Professor Alford’s outstanding contribution to ANZSOG and to public management across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The collection also includes resources produced by the ANZSOG First Peoples program, including the 2017, 2019 and 2021 First Peoples public administration conferences.
These resources are FREE to access and use for teaching or research purposes.
NB: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website may contain images, voices and videos of deceased persons.
These cases demonstrate the wise, resilient, and innovative ideas and practices of Indigenous peoples, and successful partnerships with government, as well as unsuccessful attempts in Indigenous public administration. The following cases are available online for practitioners and scholars to use in public administration teaching and practice.
- 2021 ‘From the ground up: Developing the Cape York Girl Academy School to re-engage young women and Mums from remote Australia’ by Zoe Staines
- 2020 ‘Healing from the Center: Taking Aboriginal medicine mainstream’ by Marinella Padula
- 2015 ‘Overturning a blind eye: Closing the vision gap for Indigenous Australians’ (Part A) , (Part B), (Part C) by Janet Tyson & Kate Taylor
- 2013 ‘Introducing opal fuel to Alice Springs’ (Part A), (Part B) by Marinella Padula
- 2012 ‘Evaluating Circle Sentencing’ (Part A), (Part B) by Janet Tyson.
- 2011 ‘Child Protection in the Northern Territory’ (Part A), (Part B) by Marinella Padula
- 2009 ‘The road to Sorry: Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generation’ by Marinella Padula
- 2009 ‘Tangi leave at the Wellington Tangi call centre’ (Part A), (Part B) by Helen Dempster
- 2008 ‘The Northbridge curfew’ (Part A), (Part B), (Epilogue) by Marinella Padula
- 2007 ‘Responding to a call for help: Co-ordinated case management in Papakura’ (Part A), (Part B) by Margot Schwass
- 2007 ‘New Zealand Police: Training for ethnic responsiveness’ (Part A), (Part B) by Linley Boniface
- 2007 ‘The Narrabundah long stay caravan park’ (Part A), (Part B) by Chris Aulich
- 2005 ‘Chris Sarra and the Cherbourg State School’ (Part A), (Part B) by Tim Watts
- 2020 ‘Healing from the Center: Taking Aboriginal medicine mainstream’ by Marinella Padula
1. 2021 Proud Partnerships in Place: First Peoples Public Administration Conference
Due to the changing levels of COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty regarding travel restrictions for both speakers and delegates across all jurisdictions, the conference was moved online. The 4-day conference, spread over 4 weeks, was a bold first-time event for ANZSOG. Despite three lockdowns in NZ and Victoria during the conference, the program of 25 Indigenous speakers continued to deliver uninterrupted each week, to an audience of 500 public servants, academics, not for profit Indigenous community leaders, and students.
2021 Conference speakers
NB: there were varying online connectivity and recording quality challenges, as most presenters were working from home during COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Videos for the Proud Partnerships in Place: 2021 ANZSOG First Peoples’ Public Administration Virtual Conference will be uploaded gradually from September 2021. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified or regularly visit this page or the conference playlist.
- ‘Opening address’
- Hon. Ken Wyatt AM Minister for Indigenous Australians
- Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Foreign Affairs, New Zealand
- ‘Defining partnerships’
- Judge Caren Fox, Deputy Chief Judge Māori Land Court
- June Oscar AO, Aboriginal Human Rights Commissioner
- ‘Delivering on promises and remaining accountable’
- Pat Turner AM, Chief Executive NACCHO
- Trevor Moeke, Poutaiki Director Te Ao Māori/ NZ Treasury
- Dame Naida Glavish DNZM JP, Chief Advisor Tikanga Waitemata District Health Board
- Tom Calma AO, Chancellor of the University of Canberra
- ‘Caring for Country and Mana whenua’
- Cheryl Leavy, Executive Director Partnerships, Department of Environment & Science QLD
- Scott Falconer, Director Forest & Fire Operations, DELWP, Victoria
- Shane Graham, Pou whakahaere Te Runanga Ngāti Rārua, South Island, NZ
- Cultural Burning and the Sacredness of Water
- Dr. Erin O’Donnell, Water Law Specialist, University of Melbourne
- Trent Nathan, Chair Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Djandak
- ‘Treaty- yesterday, today, tomorrow’
- Honourable Justice Sir Joe Williams KNZM, Supreme Court Judge, New Zealand
- ‘Treaty obligations and accountabilities’
- Lil Anderson, CEO, Te Arawhiti, New Zealand
- Reuben Berg, Member of the First Peoples Assembly of Victoria
- Oliver Parsons, Team Leader Systems Design & Strategy, New Zealand Treasury
- ‘Transformative health services’
- Dr Dawn Casey, Deputy CEO NACCHO
- Te Ao Kapa, General Manager, Te Kaha o Te Rangatahi Trust, South Auckland
- ‘Justice re-investment’
- Hata Wilson, Kaihautu Matua, Director Tamati Whangai Services, Te Rūnanganui o Te Ati Awa
- Wally Haumaha, Deputy Commissioner – Iwi and Communities, NZ Police
- Regan Tamihere, Māori Responsiveness Manager, NZ Police
- ‘Closing address’
- Hon. Willie Jackson, Minister Māori Development, Associate Minister for ACC, Associate Minister for Justice
2. 2019 Reimagining Public Administration: First Peoples, governance and new paradigms conference
The 2019 First Peoples Conference offered the opportunity to recognise Indigenous leadership in the public purpose sector with over 480 people attending including public servants, academics and Indigenous community leaders. Two excellence awards were given for video entries showcasing an initiative, policy, program or personal story that demonstrates Indigenous strength and leadership in public administration in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand.
All 2019 First Peoples Post- Conference resources, including videos, photos, PowerPoint slides and Twitter highlights can be found here.
Jurisdictions were invited to submit a three-minute video and the 10 entries were judged by a panel, and the two winners premiered their video at the conference dinner.
- 2019 Australia – ‘Yirrganydji Tourism: Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation’
- 2019 Aotearoa (NZ) – ‘Mahuru: Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services’
3. 2017 Can’t we do better? Indigenous Affairs and Public Administration Conference
The 2017 First Peoples Conference, in partnership with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the University of Sydney marked 50 years since the 1967 referendum resulted in the Commonwealth gaining national responsibilities for the administration of Indigenous affairs. 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 academics.
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.
ANZSOG seeks to promote work from First Peoples authors regarding the roles of First Peoples in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand’s public services. Some examples include:
- 2020 ‘Partnerships with First Peoples need to start with healing’ regarding Reconciliation Action Plans by Marlee Tyson
- 2019 ‘Indigenous values for the APS: An ANZSOG submission to the Australian Public Service Review’ by Aurora Milroy and a diverse range of Indigenous contributors
ANZSOG founded the APO’s First Peoples & Public Policy Collection which brought together diverse, policy-relevant resources from the existing APO repository, as well as new materials. The Collection supported the public sector to source and access the policy, practice and research information they need, and was curated from a broad selection of key Indigenous policy topics.
ANZSOG worked with the APO to produce a range of articles related to the Collection, including:
- 2021 ‘Importance of harmony in and across LGBTIQ+ and Indigenous Communities’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2021 ‘The urgent need for intergenerational healing for Stolen Generations survivors’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2021 ‘The dangers of misinformation surrounding Aboriginal deaths in custody’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2021 ‘Creating equal learning opportunities for First Nations students’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2021 ‘Addressing racism in the Australian Football League’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2021 ‘Improving healthcare services for First Nations people’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘Self determination needed for effective First Nations Peoples response to family violence’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘Addressing the over-representation of First Nations in out-of-home-care’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘Protecting First Nations intellectual property’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘People with disabilities dying in custody’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘Recruiting and retaining First Nations health’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘Making retirement accessible for First Nations people’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘Black Lives Matter and Aboriginal deaths in custody’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘After the bushfires: the absence of First Nations voices’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘Providing community-based pandemic healthcare for First Nations’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘Closing the Gap: a new partnership’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2020 ‘GARMA 2019 report: including First Nations in future policies’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2019 ‘Keeping First Nations families together’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2019 ‘Making Indigenous voices heard in climate change debate’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2019 ‘NAIDOC week: Truth telling together’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2019 ‘Experiences of cashless debit card from First Peoples of Ceduna’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2019 ‘Economic independence through Indigenous art in Australia’s far north’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
- 2019 ‘Improving learning outcomes for Indigenous students’ by Carissa Lee Godwin
A range of external resources with relevance to First Peoples Policy.
- “Treaty’s global context: towards Treaty in the Northern Territory” ANTaR webinar featuring NT Treaty Commissioner Tony McAvoy, Aotearoa Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta, Justice Joe Williams (New Zealand Supreme Court) and Professor John Borrows (University of Victoria Faculty of Law, British Columbia)
- 2022 ‘The National Agreement on Closing the Gap – and what it means for public servants’ by Shane Hoffman
- 2021 ‘Learning to listen- Relationality is key’ by Lisa Carson
- 2019 ANU Press Chapter on successful policymaking ‘Treaty of Waitangi settlements: Successful symbolic reparation’ by Janine Hayward
- 2019 ANU Press Chapter on successful policymaking ‘Whānau Ora: An Indigenous policy success story’ by Verna Smith
- 2008 ‘Policy by Design: Exploring the intersection of design and policy in Aotearoa NZ- 7 Case Studies’ by the Auckland Co-Design Lab