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Keynote Speakers


Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett AM
Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

Muriel Bamblett is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung woman who has been employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency since 1999. Muriel was Chairperson of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care for 10 years (the peak agency representing Indigenous Child and Family Services nationally) and was awarded a Lifetime Associate Membership of SNAICC.

Muriel is active on many boards and committees concerning children, families and the Indigenous community. These include the Victorian Children’s Council; Aboriginal Children’s Forum; the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group; the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum and the Aboriginal Justice Forum. Muriel is on a number of Ministerial Advisory Groups, including for Aboriginal Affairs; and for Roadmap Implementation. Muriel is a Board Member of the Aboriginal Community Elders Service.

Muriel has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Centenary of Federation Medal; the 2003 Robin Clark Memorial Award for Inspirational Leadership in the Field of Child and Family Welfare; the Women’s Electoral Lobby Inaugural Vida Goldstein Award; and in 2011, was inducted into the 2011 Victorian Honour Roll of Women and was a finalist for a Human Rights Medal with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Muriel was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours for her services to the community, particularly through leadership in the provision of services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. In 2009, she was appointed by La Trobe University as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Muriel was recently awarded (April 2017) a Doctor of Letters in Social Work (honoris causa) for leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander welfare and affairs by the University of Sydney.

Muriel has contributed expert testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sex Abuse, the current Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory and the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Muriel has also recently been appointed to the Commonwealth Redress Advisory Council.


Dr. Sarah L. Kastelic
Executive Director
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Portland, Oregon, USA

Dr. Sarah Kastelic is the executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)—the most comprehensive source of information and advocacy regarding American Indian child welfare and the only national American Indian organization focused specifically on the tribal capacity to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. Sarah is Alutiiq, an enrolled member of the Native Village of Ouzinkie. She joined NICWA in 2011 as an integral part of the deliberative four-year executive transition plan for NICWA’s founding executive director Terry Cross, and became executive director in January 2015.

Before coming to NICWA, Sarah served the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative national organization serving tribal governments, from 1998–2010, including founding the NCAI Policy Research Center in 2003.

Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Goucher College in 1996 and earned a master’s degree (1997) and PhD (2008) from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.


Commissioner Helen Milroy
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Commissioner Milroy is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia. Commissioner Milroy has been on state and national mental health advisory committees and boards with a particular focus on the wellbeing of children.

Commissioner Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia and was born and educated in Perth. She studied medicine at the University of Western Australia, worked as a General Practitioner and Consultant in Childhood Sexual Abuse at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for several years before completing specialist training in Child and Adolescent psychiatry.

Commissioner Milroy’s work and research interests include holistic medicine, child mental health, recovery from trauma and grief, application of Indigenous knowledge, cultural models of care, Aboriginal health and mental health, and developing and supporting the Aboriginal medical workforce.

Commissioner Milroy has served on a number of boards and committees, including:

  • National Indigenous Clearinghouse Board 2012
  • National Expert Working Group developing mental health check for 3 year olds 2011-2012
  • NHMRC Expert Working Group developing ADHD clinical practice points 2011-2012
  • Ministerial Appointment National Human Ethics Committee NHMRC 2009-2012
  • Member Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Committee NHMRC 2009-2012
  • Ministerial appointment National Advisory Council on Mental Health 2008-2011
  • National Strategies Working Group Mental Health Branch, DHA, 2002-2011

Keynote Plenary Panelists


Prof Mick Dodson AM
Director, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, The Australian National University
Professor of Law, ANU College of Law, Canberra

Prof Mick Dodson AM is Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University and Professor of law at the ANU College of Law. He completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University.

Professor Dodson also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of NSW. He worked with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service from 1976 to 1981, when he became a barrister at the Victorian Bar. He joined the Northern Land Council as Senior Legal Adviser in 1984 and became Director of the Council in 1990. From August 1988 to October 1990, Mick was Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He has been a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Advisory Council and secretary of the North Australian Legal Aid Service. He is the current Chair of Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and is also a member of AIATSIS. He is the former Chairman of the National Aboriginal Youth Law Centre Advisory Board, and has been a member of the National Children’s & Youth Centre Board and the advisory panels of the Rob Riley and Koowarta Scholarships.

Mick is a member of the Publications Committee for the University of New South Wales’ Australian Indigenous Law Review (formerly called the Australian Indigenous Law Reporter), and is on the Editorial Board of Australian Aboriginal Studies. He is a member of the New South Wales Judicial Commission and a former special commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia. He is Chair of the ANU Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee and a member of the Board of the Lingiari Foundation. He served on the board of Reconciliation Australia and was, until recently, its Co-Chair. He was a founding member and chairman of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre. Mick Dodson has been a prominent advocate on land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as a vigorous advocate of the rights and interests of indigenous peoples around the world. He was the Co-Deputy Chair of the Technical Committee for the 1993 International Year of the World’s Indigenous People and was chairman of the United Nations Advisory Group for the Voluntary Fund for the Decade of Indigenous Peoples. He served for 5 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Indigenous Voluntary Fund and in January 2005, commenced a 3-year appointment as a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He was subsequently reappointed for a further 3 years to December 2010. Mick participated in the crafting of the text of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP), and the Inter-sessional Working Group of the Human Rights Commission which was adopted overwhelmingly in 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly. In 2009, Mick Dodson was named Australian of the Year by the National Australia Day Council.

From September 2011 to February 2012 inclusive, Professor Dodson was at Harvard University where he was the Malcolm Fraser & Gough Whitlam Harvard Chair in Australian Studies and a Visiting Professor, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. He was based at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy in the John F Kennedy School of Government.



Dr. Jackie Huggins
Historian and Author

Dr. Jackie Huggins is a Bidjara (central Queensland) and Birri-Gubba Juru (North Queensland) woman from Queensland who has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over thirty years. Jackie is a celebrated historian and author who has documented the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout the decades.

In 2001, Jackie received the Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Throughout her career spanning over four decades, Jackie has played a leading role in reconciliation, literacy, women’s issues and social justice.

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and Flinders University (with Honours), a Diploma of Education and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Queensland. Most recently, Jackie was the Director of Jackie Huggins and Associates, a successful consultancy business, following a long and distinguished record of public service and professional achievement.


Andrew Jackomos PSM
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Commission for Children and Young People, Victoria

Andrew is a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man and was appointed in July 2013 as the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria.

As Commissioner, Andrew is responsible for advocating for and oversighting the provision of state government services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, particularly the most vulnerable in the areas of child protection, youth justice and homelessness.

Andrew is of the strong view that improving outcomes for the most vulnerable Koori children is intrinsically linked to their culture connections, identity and improving the status and outcomes for their families and communities and neither can be separated. He has taken a strong stand that all Koori children removed and placed in out of home care as a principle should be cared for by Aboriginal community based children’s organisations.

Andrew has recently completed two landmark inquiries ‘Always was Always will be Koori children’ a land mark inquiry into the Victorian protection system and interaction with close to 1000 Koori children across Victoria and ‘In the child’s best interests’ inquiry into the Victorian child protection system’s compliance with the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle.

For the previous 14 years Andrew was an Executive Officer in the Victorian Department of Justice and led development of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement.  He oversaw the growth of the Koori workforce from three in 1999 to employ well over 140, as well as establishment and growth of the Koori Court network across the Magistrate’s, Children’s and County court jurisdictions.

During his time at Justice, Andrew is most proud of the relationship developed between the Koori community and the Justice system, as represented by the Aboriginal Justice Forum and the supporting network of Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committees.

Andrew is a member of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Forum and Aboriginal Children’s Forum. In 2006 he was awarded the Public Service Medal and admitted as a Victorian Fellow with the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA). In 2013 he was appointed as an IPAA National Fellow.


Natalie Lewis
CEO, Queensland Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak

Natalie Lewis is a descendant of the Gamilaraay (Kamilaroi) Nation and is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP). Her professional experience has been acquired in Queensland and in the United States in the areas of youth justice and child protection, providing direct service, program and policy development and organisational leadership over the past twenty years.

Natalie currently serves on the National Executive of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, and is co-chair of the National Family Matters Campaign.  She also holds appointments on the Qld Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council, Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse Steering Committee and the Queensland Policy Leaders Forum.   Natalie was an active member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry and remains strongly involved in the implementation of the reform agenda.


Megan Mitchell
National Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Megan Mitchell is Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, appointed in 2013.

Megan has previous experience in both government and non-government roles in child protection, out-of-home care, youth justice, disability, and early childhood services. Megan also holds qualifications in social policy, psychology and education.

In her role as Commissioner, Megan focuses solely on the rights and interests of children, and the laws, policies and programs that impact on them.

Each year, Megan presents a statutory report to federal Parliament on the state of children’s rights in Australia. In her work to date, Megan has focused on the prevalence of suicide and intentional self-harm in children and young people, the impact of family and domestic violence on children and young people, and the oversight of children and young people in correctional detention.


Jim Morrison
Co-Chair, West Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation

Jim Morrison is a Goreng Noongar Elder, a Traditional Custodian of WA’s pristine southern coast who has proudly passed his strong Aboriginal values to following generations of his extended family.

He has been a prominent activist, advocate and leader in pivotal Aboriginal advancement roles for four decades, working passionately to address the rights of the Stolen Generations and their families; child protection; the tragic mental health and suicide issues in his community; equity in access to culturally safe services in State and Commonwealth Governments; overdue prison reforms; Aboriginal employment, education and training; equity in universities; the protection of young street people and the formation and management of non-government agencies providing services to Aboriginal families and their broader communities. He has recently taken up leadership of YOKAI! Healing our spirit, the operational umbrella of the WA Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation and the Bringing Them Home Committee (WA).

His current and past roles include:

  • Stolen Generations’ Congressman to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples,
  • Three terms as the Aboriginal Chair of the National Stolen Generations Alliance,
  • Aboriginal Convenor Bringing Them Home Committee WA,
  • Founding member of Yokai, a non-government Aboriginal employment forum in WA,
  • Member Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Advisory Group (represents Mental Health issues relating to Stolen Generations nationally),
  • Manager Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service,
  • Management Consultant Aboriginal Engagement and Employment for the Water Corporation,
  • Reform Coordinator – Aboriginal Services in the Adult Custodial Division Department of Corrective Services,
  • Aboriginal Senior Policy Officer – Disability Services Commission,
  • Director – Yorganop Child Care Aboriginal Corporation,
  • Senior Policy Advisor – Minister For Aboriginal Affairs,
  • Founding member Reconciliation WA.

June Oscar AO
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberly region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice and women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

June has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service, and Chief Investigator with Western Australia’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD.

She was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990) and was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence 2013 in the Social Enterprise and Not for Profit category. In 2015 June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD.

June has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, and is currently writing her PhD. June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and is a Community member of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Governing Committee.

In February 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowen University.

June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on April 3, 2017.


Richard Weston
Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Richard is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait. For the past six years, he has served as CEO of the Healing Foundation. He sits on the Board of Families Australia and is a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Independent Advisory Council on Redress for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Richard is a member of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander forums and committees.

The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions such as the forced removal of children from their families and communities. Trauma, and the legacy of past policies and practices, can rob families and communities of hope and purpose. The Healing Foundation works with communities, members of the Stolen Generations and their descendants, to design solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. The Healing Foundation’s evaluations show amazing outcomes can be achieved when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are supported to lead and develop their own responses.

The Healing Foundation continues to build the national evidence base on healing complex trauma. Drawing on these lessons it is building a theory of change that values both Indigenous cultural knowledge and the international evidence base on trauma. It has supported more than 135 culturally strong, community led Indigenous healing projects around Australia, and over 19,600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, women and men have participated in healing activities. About 94% of participants have reported improvements in their social and emotional wellbeing.

Prior to being CEO of the Healing Foundation, Richard was CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service and prior to that was CEO of Maari Ma Health in far west NSW based in Broken Hill. Under his leadership, Maari Ma won several health awards, including five NSW awards and a national award.

Pre-Conference Masterclasses

Monday 11 September
2.00pm – 5.00pm
National Convention Centre
Cost: Earlybird $125 / Standard $145

Koorreen Cultural Safety Program ©

Richard Frankland MA
Associate Professor, Associate Dean Inclusion & Diversity and Head of Wilin Centre VCA MCM Faculty, University of Melbourne, Melbourne

Topics of discussion include:

  • Cultural Meaning and Identity
  • What is Cultural Safety?
  • Forces For and Against Cultural Safety
  • Trauma
  • Reclaiming Cultural Safety
  • Cultural Safety from the Inside
  • Cultural Loads
  • Cultural Platforms

This masterclass begins with an introduction to cross cultural awareness, involving general discussion and insight into pre-contact, contact and post-contact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia.

The masterclass then moves on to instruction and discussion on issues of cultural safety, cultural loads and cultural foundations (pylons and platforms). This includes determining what is cultural safety, cultural loads and cultural foundations. Sourcing from research including ‘Restoring Cultural Safety in Aboriginal Victoria’ research, discussion will be prompted and guided as to what is cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Finally, the masterclass looks at policy creation—creating policy about alleviating cultural loads, making culturally safe pathways and determining culturally safe environments.


Richard Frankland MA

Richard Frankland is a proud Gunditjmara Man who lives on country in south-west Victoria.

His roles include an Investigator for the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission, Fisherman, Musician, Author, Writer for Live Theatre, Screen Writer, Director of Stage and Screen, Theatrical Producer, CEO, Keynote Speaker for Theatrical Institutions, Workshop Facilitator and Key Note Speaker in Indigenous Issues including Lateral Violence, Cultural Safety, Community Capacity Building and most importantly, Family Man.

Richard’s lifelong work has been to facilitate the voice of Indigenous Australians via his many public personas.

Richard constantly reminds people that: “We are not a problem people, we are people with a problem and that problem was colonisation”.

Indigenous Family Violence and Child Protection: Improving Relationships for Better Outcomes

Dr Kyllie Cripps
Acting Director, Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

Some 27 years ago, Judy Atkinson, one of the first Australian Indigenous women to write about Indigenous family violence, made the following statement:

Family violence is a cancerous disease that is destroying us, eating at the very heart of our culture, and our future as a people. Women are being maimed and killed, children’s lives scarred, and our young men sentenced to prison and further cycles of abuse and self abuse…

We’re killing ourselves. If we don’t do some thing NOW there won’t be a future for us. It’s not a women’s problem. It isn’t a men’s problem either. It’s a community problem and the whole community has to be involved, to be told what’s happening… [and to] take responsibility for finding solutions. (Atkinson, 1990c: 3, 17)

Unfortunately, in the considerable time that has since passed, not a lot has changed. The violence has escalated to epidemic proportions.

Indigenous leaders and the Australian government have now acknowledged that Indigenous people need “extreme actions” to combat an “extreme situation” (Dodson 2003). In 2007, the Commonwealth government defined the extreme actions in punitive terms including quarantining welfare payments, alcohol restrictions, and increased law and order measures. The effectiveness or otherwise of these measures are widely debated. The need for innovative solutions that embrace and support not only individual self-determination but also the self determination of families and communities has been recognised in more than 20 years of government reports and literature in this space. But what does self-determination mean in practice? And how does it apply in the context of family violence when it intersects with the child protection system?

This masterclass will discuss the practical measures that have been developed by Indigenous communities, in Australia and internationally, that embrace self-determination and are intuitive to the specific cultural and social context in which the violence takes place. A critical reflective lens will be used to demonstrate how these responses are making a difference in the lives of Indigenous women, children and men.

Participants attending this Master class will work in groups to discuss innovative and creative ways of addressing specific case studies that intersect the family violence child protection space. The practical engagement in the case studies will facilitate a dialogue on what works and what does not work both in terms of law, policy and practice, and in respect of prevention, early intervention, crisis and longer term care.


Dr Kyllie Cripps

Dr Kyllie Cripps is a Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of the Indigenous Law Centre in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales. Kyllie, as a Pallawah woman, has worked extensively over the past twenty years in the areas of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse with Indigenous communities, defining areas of need and considering intervention options at multiple levels. She has led three major Australian Research Council grants in the areas of Indigenous family violence including one defining and contextualising Indigenous and non-Indigenous community and service sector understandings and practices of partnerships in the family violence sector. The research in this area was significant for identifying gaps and opportunities in the sector that could facilitate improvements in service responses to Indigenous family violence. Kyllie’s most recent ARC work and that of her fellow CI’s (Megan Davis and Annie Cossins) explores ‘The role of cultural factors in the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the Northern Territory‘. The project involves an empirical analysis of the extent to which extra-legal factors about sexuality and Indigenous culture influence the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the NT. The study will produce needed evidence to support future NT policy, legal practice and law reform relating to sentencing in sexual assault cases with broader application to other Australian jurisdictions. Kyllie is also undertaking research presently in the area of ‘failure to protect’ exploring the impact of policy and legislation for Aboriginal mothers charged with failing to protect their children in contexts of family violence.

Kyllie’s expertise in the area of interpersonal violence is regularly recognised with invitations to provide advice to state and federal governments. This is demonstrated in her publications, in her public speaking and her appointments to state and federal ministerial committees responding to family violence. She also routinely provides advice and training to professional groups interested in her areas of expertise.

Social Program

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Welcome Reception

Time:     5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue:  Main Foyer, National Convention Centre
Cost:      Inclusive for full Delegates
Additional Tickets: $77

The Welcome Reception will take place after sessions on day one of the Conference. This function will provide delegates with the perfect networking opportunity to gain new contacts within the sector, and rekindle old acquaintances.

Wednesday 13 September 2017

Dinner at Old Parliament House

Time:     7.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue:  Old Parliament House
Cost:      $140

Includes transfers to and from the National Convention Centre, a three course dinner, entertainment and drinks (sparking, wine, beer and soft drinks).

Be wined and dined at arguably one of Canberra’s most iconic venues, the Members Dining Room at Old Parliament House.  Located between Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin, the venue has sweeping views across to Parliament House.

Limited places are available, it is recommended you book early!

Optional Activities

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is a world-renowned research, collections and publishing organisation. It promotes knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, traditions, languages and stories, past and present. It is located on Acton Peninsula next to Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, within walking or cycling distance from the city centre and the Australian National University. Visitors can access temporary exhibitions or the permanent displays in the main entrance hall, as well as conduct their own research in the Library.

The institute cares for a priceless collection, including films, photographs, video and audio recordings as well as the world’s largest collection of printed and other resource materials for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. They undertake and encourage scholarly, ethical, community-based research in a variety of sectors, including health, native title, languages and education. Its publishing house, Aboriginal Studies Press, regularly publishes outstanding writing that promotes Australian Indigenous cultures.

The institute’s activities affirm and raise awareness of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.

National Museum of Australia – First Australians Program

Explore the museum’s exhibitions and online features on the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, enduring Indigenous attachment to country and contributions to Australian society.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program (ATSIP) at the National Museum of Australia works with Indigenous communities to collect, preserve and exhibit their objects and stories. It also:

  • works with communities to interpret Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories
  • engages with local and international visitors through a dynamic program of exhibitions, publications, forums, workshops, online features and collection visits
  • is responsible for gallery and exhibition development, collection research and assessments, and community access visits and consultations
  • manages the Museum’s repatriation program
  • contributes to discussions on contemporary issues and policy developments around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and representation in the museum and cultural industries
  • celebrates and acknowledges key historic dates, issues and stories that are important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

They are continually working on new projects, events and exhibitions which help to reveal the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and cultural material, both historic and contemporary.

Australian National Botanic Gardens – Aboriginal Trail

The Aboriginal Plant Use Trail highlights a selection of plants and some of the ways that these were used by Aboriginal people in different parts of Australia. Similar plants may have been used for the same purposes in other areas, depending on local availability.

Australian War Memorial – For Country, for Nation Exhibition

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long-standing tradition of fighting for Country, and continue to serve with honour among our military forces. The new exhibition For Country, for Nation presents a diverse range of art, objects, photographs and stories from across Australia to explore. For Country, for Nation is thematic in structure. Within each theme are stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience during wartime and peace.

We remember

Welcome to this story-place where our peoples will share personal experiences and family histories of military service during war and peace. We invite you to take a moment to pay your respects to Country, Ancestors and custodians; to acknowledge the guidance of the Elders of all Nations; and to recognise all the people who have shared their stories. For Country, for Nation is an honouring of our warriors and soldiers who fought for Country; a remembering of our communities and Countries deeply affected by war; and a joining together in the spirit of peace. You are welcome to add a personal offering of remembrance – a poppy, a blessing, a small keepsake – or share a moment of reflection.

Weekly highlights tours will be held every Tuesday starting 27 September from 11.30am. The exhibition will close on 20 September 2017.