Reimagining Public Administration: First Peoples, governance and new paradigms

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 09:15 to Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 17:15
Federation Square
Melbourne VIC

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) in partnership with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) will hold its second Indigenous affairs conference, Reimagining Public Administration: First Peoples, governance and new paradigms at Melbourne’s Federation Square on 20-21 February 2019. 

Public sector leaders, not-for-profits, academics and Indigenous community organisations from across Australia and New Zealand are invited to explore new ideas and discuss better ways of engaging with Indigenous communities including Indigenous knowledge and culture in public service practice. 

The #FirstPeoples2019 conference will also look at the relations between the New Zealand government and Māori people, what Australia can learn from the New Zealand experience, and how we can build stronger links between the two nations’ First Peoples.

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. 

A full conference program will be released soon


Professor Marcia Langton, Associate Provost and Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne 

Professor Ian Anderson, Deputy Secretary for Indigenous Affairs at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Melbourne

Maggie Walter, Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania

More speakers to be confirmed.


Located in the heart of Melbourne, Federation Square is close to public transport and city accommodation providers. 

ANZSOG, with the generous support of PM&C, can provide transport and accommodation assistance for eligible delegates from the Indigenous community service sector and Aboriginal community controlled organisations. Prioritisation will be given to delegates from remote locations. If you are an Indigenous community representative, please contact Patrick Lucas ( to apply or for more information. 

Register before 31 October to take advantage of early bird prices.

For any enquiries about the 2019 Indigenous conference, please contact Louise Joel, Conference Coordinator (

Conference hashtag: #FirstPeoples2019

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