Policy report

Respect for Indigenous peoples and cultures

ANZSOG Learning and Action Protocol
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This Learning and Action Protocol offers guidance for faculty, staff, students and partners of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). ANZSOG is a global leader in public sector education and research, and supports the development of better educated, informed and motivated public purpose sector leaders.

The public purpose sector covers both the public sector, in its widest definition, and the not-for profit sector or civil society. ANZSOG is committed to an inclusive approach across all its practices and curriculum that prioritises the unique contributions and value of Māori, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This protocol is designed to ensure that all ANZSOG practices respect Māori, Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities. Developing respectful relationships with Indigenous communities is important in the broader social movement towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and towards commitments to partnerships and biculturalism in New Zealand. Many Māori, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have sacred traditions and customary laws.

These should always be respected, even when they differ from your own values and practices. ANZSOG views cultural diversity as a strength – a sign of a contemporary organisation committed to a respectful and inclusive culture, curriculum, research, teaching practices, and staff and student wellbeing. We also note that these inclusive attitudes and actions are critical to societies and our future. While working directly with ANZSOG, faculty, students and staff – including academic staff on secondment – will be expected to adhere to this protocol, as it has been designed specifically to address the context of our member jurisdictions. In doing so, we encourage open and respectful conversation with regard to ethical and behavioural standards.

It’s important to acknowledge that wise practice2 may change across locations and over time given that culture is a living and dynamic reality. ANZSOG faculty, staff, students and partners will be expected to adopt new practices, ideas or methodologies in accordance with this evolving protocol. Some of ANZSOG’s member university and government partners have their own cultural protocols, which students and stakeholders are obliged to meet. Though the basic principles and guidelines for separate protocols are likely to be similar, differences across regions and disciplines will mean that wise practice can change.

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