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Charles Sturt University host the ‘Aboriginal research for our time’ seminar in Dubbo

On 23 October 2018, Charles Sturt University, Dubbo hosted the last of four research seminars planned for 2018. Over 80 students, academics, policymakers, practitioners, and community members interested in Aboriginal affairs policy reform in NSW heard about some of the areas of research that Aboriginal Affairs NSW will be exploring.

To a full house, Andrea Kelly’s keynote address highlighted the importance listening and truth telling on the road to reconciliation. Aunty Di McNaboe, Connie Ah See, Julie Blackhall, Sam Jeffries and Des Jones added local knowledge and wisdom to the presentations and subsequent deliberations.


Southern Cross University host the ‘Aboriginal research for our time’ seminar in Lismore

On 26 July 2018, Southern Cross University, Lismore hosted the third of four seminars planned for 2018. Over 130 students, academics, policymakers, practitioners, and community members interested in Aboriginal affairs policy reform in NSW heard about some of the areas of research that Aboriginal Affairs NSW will be exploring.

To a full house, Dr Chris Sarra’s keynote address highlighted the importance of acknowledging and embracing Indigenous leadership in communities. Other highlights included the discussion between Dr Gabrielle Russell-Mundine and Wahlabul and Bundjalung community members of what it means to be a culturally capable public servant, the conversation between Jason Ardler and Jeff McMullen about the impact of then negative public discourse about Aboriginal peoples and the impact of Aboriginal perspectives on policy development, Professor Heidi Norman’s presentation on the return of public lands to Aboriginal control/ownership, and the discussion between Anthony Seiver and Callum Clayton-Dixon about the revival of Aboriginal languages.

Bring us policy approaches that nurture hope

NSW Listening to Aboriginal Voices


The Australian National host the ‘Aboriginal research for our time’ seminar in Canberra

On 11 April 2018, the Australian National University, Canberra hosted the second of four seminars planned for 2018. Bringing together the key contributors to the Aboriginal Affairs NSW research agenda, the seminar provided an opportunity for students, academics, policymakers, practitioners, and community members interested in Aboriginal affairs policy reform in NSW to hear about the policy and research findings of their work and to discuss research implications. To a full house the CEO of the Australian institute of Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander Studies Craig Richie’s keynote address made the case of research informed policy.

Good policy is transformative and liberating

The University of Technology host the ‘Aboriginal research for our time’ seminar in Sydney

On 1 March 2018, the University of Technology, Sydney hosted the first of four seminars planned for 2018. Bringing together the key contributors to the Aboriginal Affairs NSW research agenda, the seminar provided an opportunity for students, academics, policymakers, practitioners, and community members interested in Aboriginal affairs policy reform in NSW to hear about the policy and research findings of their work and to discuss research implications. To a full house Mick Gooda’s keynote address reminded us that research is our friend.
Research is your friend


The Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC launches research agenda

On 28 February 2018 the Honourable Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Aboriginal affairs launched the Aboriginal Affairs NSW research agenda at Parliament House. In conversation with Jeff McMullen AM, Jason Ardler the Head of Aboriginal Affairs, and Aunty Jean Hands the Chair of the Northern Rivers Regional Alliance and the NSW Chairs of Aboriginal Regional Alliances spoke about the their desire for a new narrative in Aboriginal affairs. Particular attention was given to the critical role of the extended research community in delivering the evidence that supports Aboriginal communities and the NSW Government to work together to determine what works, what’s worth trying and what success looks like.

Research needs to deliver the information needed



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