Where are we on the journey towards Aboriginal self-determination and treaty?

As the momentous move towards a treaty between governments and indigenous Australians advanced a step further at this year’s Uluru convention, Victoria continues to lead the way in both policy and practical steps on the road to self-determination. Treaty negotiations and planning with Aboriginal Victorians have seen extensive community consultations in recent years, and the last state budget committed significant resources to continuing this work.

After Premier Andrews committed the Victorian Government to supporting self-determination in his 2015 Closing the Gap speech, practical steps were quickly made. The transfer of over $500 million in housing stock to Aboriginal Housing Victoria was one of the most significant to date - their CEO Darren Smith will update us on progress and impacts of this decision at this session. We will also hear from Professor Daryle Rigney about his Ngarrindjeri community’s significant successes and the South Australian experience of self-determination.

This session will be hosted by Ian Hamm, one of Australia’s longest-serving Aboriginal public sector leaders, and will also feature Jason Mifsud, the highly respected Executive Director of Aboriginal Victoria, Inala Cooper from Monash University, Dr Miriam Jorgensen from the Native Nations Institute in Arizona, USA alongside the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP.

A panel of leading exponents of Aboriginal self-determination will address the Hypothetical question: It is 2030 in Victoria and a Treaty was signed 10 years ago – what has happened and what has changed? The panel will consider changes across all of the Aboriginal community, community organisations, Aboriginal Victoria’s role and how the government might now be organising itself differently around Aboriginal Affairs. Participants will also break into groups and discuss how their own roles and organisations may need to change to support the journey towards self-determination.

This session will use interactive technology to engage the audience in the discussion and share ideas, so bring your phone or tablet – and your mind - fully charged!

9.00am-10.30am: Part one: keynote speakers
10.30am-11.00am: Morning tea break
10.45am-12.30pm: Part two: hypothetical panel discussion and breakout group discussions
12.30pm-1.30pm: Lunch

Online bookings are now closed. Call our ticket hotline on (03) 9653 2000 or email events@vic.ipaa.org.au to purchase any tickets, or alternatively come down to register and pay on the day. Be sure to check our website for information about availability.

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Thursday 17 Aug

9:00AM - 1:30PM


Jason MifsudInala CooperProfessor Daryle RigneyThe Hon. Natalie Hutchins MPDr Alison VivianMiriam Jorgensen MPP PhDDarren Smith

La Trobe Ballroom


Corporate Member $375
Personal Member $350
Non-Member $500

10% discount applies for groups of 10. Select a group of 10 when booking to receive this discount


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