ANU seminar to pave the way to better NSW Aboriginal policy

A policy seminar hosted by The Australian National University (ANU) on Wednesday on behalf of Aboriginal Affairs NSW will help lay the groundwork for how Aboriginal people in NSW can have a bigger say in the decisions that impact their lives.

The Aboriginal Affairs NSW Research Agenda seminar will bring together leading academic experts, policymakers and community leaders to discuss the research required to support Aboriginal communities in NSW through future policy initiatives.

Associate Professor Janet Hunt of the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research will present her work into what research is required to support a policy that will enable NSW Aboriginal communities to exercise more self-determination.

“Aboriginal people have the right to self-determination, wherever they live,” Associate Professor Hunt said.

“However, before this can be more fully achieved in NSW, we need to work with Aboriginal communities to identify how they think self-determination can be strengthened in the State, what’s priority for them to have a major say about, and how they want to do that.”

Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW Jason Ardler will also be speaking.

“We have built a research agenda for our time, one that emphasises hope over despair, aspirations over services, and places the transformation of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and government at its centre” Mr Ardler said.

Topics being presented as the seminar include:

  • Economic prosperity - Associate Professor Nick Biddle, ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • Self-determination - Associate Professor Janet Hunt, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU
  • The impact of aboriginal perspectives on policy development - Jason Ardler, Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW
  • Return of public lands to Aboriginal control/ownership - Professor Heidi Norman, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney

The full seminar agenda can be viewed here:

Media are invited to attend.


WHAT: Aboriginal Affairs NSW Research Agenda

WHERE: Lecture Theatre 3, Building 26C, Kingsley Street, ANU

WHEN: Wednesday 11 Apr 2018, 9am–4pm

For media assistance, contact Aaron Walker on the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979 or 0418 307 213.

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