Interstate Forum 2017: Australian Governments and
Aboriginal Nations: Creating
a new relationship
Aboriginal Affairs New South Wales and the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at
the Australian National University co-hosted an Interstate Forum in Sydney on 11 August 2017. The Forum brought together government
representatives from various jurisdictions who are working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs to share good practice and
insights on Aboriginal governance, local decision making and formal relationship setting between governments and First Nations people.
The agenda included presentations from each jurisdiction on their current relationship frameworks and a number of breakout sessions, which
focused on three key issues:
What might new relationships with First Nations people look like?
What work do governments need to do internally to forge a new relationship with First Nations people?
How can governments support First Nations people to renegotiate relationships within their communities and with government?
A Report, compiling the Forum’s proceedings and outcomes, has been prepared in partnership by the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy
Research from the Australian National University and Aboriginal Affairs NSW. To view the Interstate
Forum Report, please click here.