The conference will examine First Nations policy through the lenses of Australia’s National Agreement on Closing the Gap commitments, particularly the four Priority Reforms, as well as the New Zealand Public Service Act 2020, which now clearly sets out the responsibility of the public service, particularly its leadership, in supporting the Crown’s relationship with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi.
A range of First Nations speakers from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand will share their insights and experience of how transformative approaches that include First Nations knowledges, perspectives and values, can serve the wider public and First Nations interests.
All presenters will help conference participants explore four key themes:
1. formal partnerships and shared decision-making,
2. building the First Nations community-controlled sector,
3. transforming government organisations,
4. shared data and access to information.