Harnessing the potential of the Indigenous community for continued prosperity and growth

2 – 4 November 2022, Double Tree by Hilton, Darwin

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Event Overview

Empowered Indigenous communities will provide the transformation that is needed for future generations.

 

The goal of the summit is to create an energetic and dynamic Indigenous community that is balanced with cultural, social and sustainable economic development which will support the future generations to flourish. The aim is to provide pathways for empowerment through improved access to Indigenous education, supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into employment and accelerating Indigenous businesses to thrive.

 

Third Sector’s 2nd National Indigenous Empowerment Summit is the most comprehensive event for Indigenous leadership and advocacy. It will provide attendees with practical tools and strategies to develop culturally appropriate practices for schools and workplaces, improve the Indigenous economy, support Indigenous businesses to navigate through the uncertainty and most importantly collaborate across businesses to reach newer heights of success.

Agenda

2 – 4 November 2022, Double Tree by Hilton, Darwin

  •  Pre-Conference Workshop
  • Day 1
  • Day 2

 Pre-Conference Workshops | 2 November

Indigenous Education

Embedding Indigenous cultures into the classroom to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students   

Student engagement is a big issue in many classrooms around Australia. Having a culturally appropriate classroom is vital to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to thrive in their learning. Attendees of this practical workshop will learn how they can bring their community’s culture into the classroom in a way that positively stimulates and nurtures students to improve academic outcomes.  

Attend this practical workshop and learn how to:  

  • Identify cultural content which can be included in the classroom  
  • Create innovative classroom settings and environments which resonate with Indigenous cultures  
  • Introduce non-Indigenous students to their peers’ cultures  
  • Create experiential on-country learning opportunities  
  • Drive community engagement amongst Elders, parents and the school 

Michelle Lewis, Acting Assistant Principal, Berwick College 

Corrine Duhau, Assistant Applied Learning Leader, Berwick College 

How to grow and support your workforce in schools to improve staff's health and wellbeing outcomes 

Working in a school environment comes with its own set of stressors. It is critical for management to refocus their strategies to provide support and establish a model for a healthy supportive and encouraging workplace. Attend this workshop to gain practical tools and strategies to attract, support, mentor and build an environment for your workforce that is conducive for growth. 

Attend this practical workshop and learn how to: 

  • Understand the importance of cultural responsiveness and inclusion in the education system 
  • Develop, mentor and manage an Indigenous-led workforce at all stages of their teaching career journey 
  • Support positive social and emotional wellbeing in schools 
  • Reduce barriers and increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to pursue a career in education 
  • Create a sense of belonging through culture for Indigenous employees within schools 

Indigenous Economic Development and Employment

Delivering an employment strategy that is built for businesses to tackle the challenges of Indigenous employment  

 

Employment is a vital aspect of advancing the Indigenous economy as well improving social outcomes for Indigenous communities and people. 

An employment strategy is critical to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in the workforce. It is of equal importance to develop a culturally safe and diverse work environment to provide a supportive, encouraging and empowering environment in which the employee has the tools to grow. 

 

Attend this practical workshop and learn how to: 

  • Support the growth of Indigenous workforce development hubs by tapping the local talent pool 
  • Engage with the community to mentor and support talent retention 
  • Implement strong organisation-wide Indigenous employment and workforce management programs 
  • Evaluate the success of your Indigenous employment programs 
  • Implement support and wellbeing programs in organisations 

Leroy Wilkinson-Maher, Founder and Managing Director, Dhiira 

1:00 – 4:00: WORKSHOP D 

Developing cross-sector partnerships for financial stability and sustainability 

 

Indigenous enterprises is key to increasing employment and strengthening the Indigenous economy. However, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses fail within their first year in practice. Establishing collaborative partnerships between Indigenous businesses, communities, government bodies and mainstream organisations is beneficial for all parties involved. And most importantly, it helps Indigenous communities and corporations to regain the control of their economy and wealth. 

 

Attend this practical workshop and learn how to: 

 

  • Strengthen Indigenous enterprises through partnerships and collaborations 
  • Identify beneficial partners for successful relationships 
  • Identify common characteristics and elements of a successful and an unsuccessful partnership 
  • Build a useful business network through collaboration to deliver mutually beneficial goals 
  • Effectively maintain partnerships for sustainable business outcomes  

 

Paul Dodd, Founder, Corporate Culcha, Geared Up Culcha and Yaru Water 

Conference Day 1 | 3 November

Driving Indigenous prosperity through collaboration  

  • Identifying how to leverage partnerships to drive business growth  
  • How to maximise your partnership value to enhance your business or services’ credibility  
  • Developing innovative approaches from shared knowledge and experience  

Nova Peris OAM OLY MAICD, Olympian and Former Senator 

Driving Indigenous prosperity through collaboration  

  • Identifying how to leverage partnerships to drive business growth  
  • How to maximise your partnership value to enhance your business or services’ credibility  
  • Developing innovative approaches from shared knowledge and experience  

Nova Peris OAM OLY MAICD, Olympian and Former Senator 

Stream A: Improving educational outcomes for students

Chair: Wendy Gorman
Board Director
Early Childhood Australia 

  • Nurturing strong relationships with parents to create engagement in their child’s education 
  • Developing strong educational foundations to support future education, employability and social outcomes  
  • Building resilient children to support their future 

Priscilla Reid-Loynes, Senior Research Fellow – Indigenous Education, Acer Foundation 

  • Developing strategies to ensure student have access to resources  
  • The importance of involving local role models to engage students  
  • Establishing collaborations to increase participation, attendance and engagement 

Michelle Lewis, Acting Assistant Principal, Berwick College 

Corrine Duhau, Assistant Applied Learning Leader, Berwick College 

  • Exploring Aboriginal cultures as our soul, children as our heart and the arts as our spine 
  • Creating a balanced approach of integrating Aboriginal ways of knowledge with formal curriculum 
  • Developing strategies by working from the strengths and passion of children and young people  

Andrew Plastow, Head of College, Ngutu College 

  • Developing initiatives by following extensive consultation with Indigenous families, carers, community and service providers  
  • Recognising Indigenous cultural knowledge, strength, capacity and resilience of the community 
  • Considering the value of relationship building when working with children and families 

Alison Bentick, Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) 

  • How to close the gap for literacy and numeracy learning between Indigenous students and their non-Indigenous peers 
  • Identifying why students from remote areas have lower performance in literacy and numeracy 
  • How to provide an appropriate learning environment that influences students' learning capabilities 

Andrew McGregor, Principal, Haileybury Rendall School 

Jye Struguell, Ochre Classroom Teacher and Pumarali House Coordinator, Haileybury Rendall School 

Stream B: Developing employment strategies for a healthy work environment

Chair: Jason-Urranndulla Davis
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
WUNA, Hold Access

  • Identifying the benefits of inclusion of cultural practices in the workplace 
  • Implementing practices that include the senior management as the key role players 
  • Driving employee morale and retention rates and its links to cultural practice 

Asha Bhat OAM, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC)  

Wendy Kennedy, Business Administration Officer, Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC) 

  • How to grow and develop a strong, highly skilled and capable workforce 
  • Identifying how to drive employee empowerment through employee development 
  • How to outline a career development plan for incarcerated employees 

Steven Fordham, Managing Director, Blackrock Industries 

*Virtual presentation 

  • Introducing non-traditional recruitment strategies that give Indigenous people the opportunity to win jobs 
  • Challenging employer value propositions in First Nations recruitment and retention 
  • Creating long-term jobs and career advancement opportunities 

Dennis Batty, Executive Director, Indigenous Employment Partners 

  • How to increase the number of professionals with the required skill-set for the role 
  • Focusing on the need to increase Indigenous representation across the defence industry 
  • How to provide training and continuous opportunities for growth 
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  • How to drive Indigenous empowerment through government associations  
  • Identifying leadership opportunities within the community to drive positive outcomes 
  • Delivering equal opportunities for Indigenous people to showcase their capability 

Troy Rugless , Managing Director, PSG Holdings 

Stream C: Advancing Indigenous economic development

Chair: Di Ellis
Indigenous Engagement Manager
NRMA

  • Driving customer demand by building a strong network 
  • How to create an evaluation plan to outline the areas of growth 
  • Developing systems and processes that drive efficiencies through the business 

Lenore Dembski, Owner, Paperbark Woman 

  • Identifying ways to overcome barriers of poor infrastructure that hinder business growth 
  • How to deliver services and products to a larger geographic audience using technology 
  • Delivering services and products that are sustainable in the long-run for business operation 

Naomi Morgan, General Manager, Koorie Mail Newspaper 

  • Discussing the challenges female entrepreneurs face in business 
  • Identifying a suitable environment that Indigenous women in business can create 
  • Connecting and sharing knowledge to guide women through entrepreneurship 

The Hon. Dr Tony Buti MLA, Minister for Finance, Aboriginal Affairs, Racing and Gaming, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Government of Western Australia 

  • How to obtain and sustain Native Title rights and interest 
  • Maintaining culture and enhancing commerce 
  • Creating a holistic development agenda – the quadruple bottom line 

Nini Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Nyamba Buru Yawuru  

  • Understanding your clients’ needs and wants and identifying service gaps in the community 
  • Calculating risks before embarking on new projects 
  • Developing frameworks that allows for a safe journey of diversifying services 

Dwayne Bannon-Harrison, Managing Director, Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness  

Stream A: Improving educational outcomes for students

Chair: Wendy Gorman
Board Director
Early Childhood Australia 

  • Developing and delivering strategies to support members from the community to contribute, participate and own their community development   
  • Engaging with community members to provide advice to businesses and schools   
  • Driving the importance of connection to Country to deliver greater results 

Ken Riddiford, Chief Executive Officer, Stronger Smarter Institute 

  • Providing pathways for Indigenous children to become leaders 
  • Implementing leadership and entrepreneurship into the curriculum from early years  
  • Providing ongoing support to Indigenous youth and giving them the competitive advantage 

Shaun Cusack, Regional Manager, Clontarf Foundation 

  • Providing opportunities and supporting families in their critical parenting roles   
  • Supporting parents to transfer playgroup learnings to other environments  
  • Developing stronger connections between families and services such as early intervention, child development and parenting service 

Catherine Trindall, President, Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) 

Stream B: Advancing Indigenous economic development

Chair: Di Ellis
Indigenous Engagement Manager
NRMA

  • Building strong communities to create links between cultural and commercial opportunities 
  • Delivering sustainable opportunities to drive business growth for the long-term 
  • How to measure the business impact and translate it to the community's development 

Trent Nelson, Chairperson, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation 

  • Identifying and connecting with potential partners to support and enable holistic strategies to succeed
  • Setting strong foundations with different sectors to drive engagement
  • Building a successful business built on engagement and partnerships

Kim Collard, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kulbardi and Kooya Australia Fleet Solutions 

  • Examining language, cultural and research activities within the La Perouse Aboriginal community
  • Identifying the outcomes of working collaboratively with Elders, knowledge holders and leading academics
  • Building a strong foundation through connection to culture, Country and identity 

Ray Ingrey, Chairperson, Gujaga Foundation 

Conference Day 2 | 4 November

Dr Scott Winch, Senior Policy Advisor, World Vision Australia 

  • Identifying successful partnerships that drive collaboration with Indigenous businesses 
  • Examining opportunities for government to improve the way business support programs meet the needs of Indigenous businesses 
  • Delivering solutions to address opportunities that will advance and explore collaboration  

The Hon. Selena Jane Malijarri Uibo MLA, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Territory Government 

  • Measuring the impact of businesses and how it can contribute to community goals 
  • Identifying how a business can advance the socio-economic value for community to thrive  
  • Creating business practices that include community participation from production to delivery of goods or services 

Jerome Cubillo, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Territory Indigenous Business Network (NTIBN) 

Nini Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Nyamba Buru Yawuru 

Rosie Visiya Tabuaucu, Principal, Wulungarra Community School 

Ricky Archer, Chief Executive Officer, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) 

Stream A: Improving educational outcomes for students

Chair: Wendy Gorman
Board Director
Early Childhood Australia 

  • How to know your community 
  • Providing partnership opportunities and support to families 
  • Linking learning and engagement in education and health settings  

Leon Bell, Principal, Thornbury Primary School 

  • Collaboratively planning to support students to reclaim their traditional language 
  • Strategies for effectively engaging students in learning and using their traditional language 
  • Developing and implementing multilingual teaching methods in the classroom 

Sophia Mung, Gija Language Teacher, Purnululu School 

Libby Lee-Hammond, Principal, Purnululu School 

  • Cultivating culturally appropriate communication and engagement  
  • Building strategies to develop Indigenous cultural knowledge 
  • Developing stratergies to attract and retain a highly skilled Indigenous workforce 

Donna Wright, Principal, Bandiana Primary School 

  • Creating an enabling environment for female students to practice their leadership qualities  
  • Encouraging independence in young Indigenous girls and women 
  • Breaking down negative generational social cycles impacting females  

Andrea Goddard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stars Foundation 

Kylie Duggan, Regional Manager (NT), Stars Foundation 

  • Establishing collaborative partnerships with schools, local communities and businesses 
  • Engaging parents during the students’ journeys through education, graduation and employment 
  • Developing partner relations and getting value for students  

Joe Brown, Director Community Engagement and Local Decision Making, Department of Education - NT 

Stream B: Developing employment strategies for a healthy work environment

Chair: Jason-Urranndulla Davis
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
WUNA, Hold Access

  • How to identify and encourage employment within the community 
  • Identifying practices that have helped achieve community development linked with employment  
  • How to maximise employee efficiencies with limited resources available on Country 

  • Build a sustainable talent pipeline through attraction and recruitment of Indigenous candidate 
  • Invest in developing the capabilities and careers of employees, including representation in leadership roles 
  • Implement organisational processes to ensure employee engagement and participation 

Helen Berry, Co-owner, Diversified Building Services QLD 

Neil Berry, Chief Executive Officer, Diversified Building Services QLD

  • Engaging and encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to develop professionally using digital tools 
  • Finding the balance of digital versus in-person engagement to support your career journey 
  • Using digital tools to build your brand and support career growth 

Liam Ridgeway, Co-Founder, Ngakkan Nyaagu 

  • Identifying how TAFE NSW has led the way to Reconciliation  
  • How to provide access to basic literacy and numeracy training to build foundation skills   
  • Providing culturally appropriate mentoring programs to attract and placing Indigenous Australians into employment with support for a successful transition to work 

Kylie Tarleton, Senior Manager Diversity and Inclusion, TAFE NSW 

  • How to provide opportunities for regional educationally disadvantaged communities with diversity inclusion  
  • Providing digital transformation into career pathways to ensure work readiness  
  • Supporting young people in the transition between school, skill, and employment 

Jason-Urranndulla Davis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer WUNA, Hold Access  

Stream C: Advancing Indigenous economic development

Chair: Di Ellis
Indigenous Engagement Manager
NRMA

  • Developing strategies to build a business that gives back to the community  
  • Ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples equal involvement and participation in the business and not black cladding 
  • Identifying ways to grow cultural knowledge and incorporate into business 

Paul Dodd, Founder, Corporate Culcha, Geared Up Culcha and Yaru Water  

  • Identifying innovative approaches to the utilisation of organisational assets to deliver cost-effective solutions  
  • Creating a long-term but flexible vision for the use and management of assets for sustainability  
  • Developing creative approaches to leverage the assets to gain exposure 

 

Alan Beattie, Chief Executive, Noongar Land Enterprise Group 

  • Identifying pathways for employment that lead to a brighter future for our students  
  • Establishing partnerships to provide students with employment opportunities 
  • Developing strategies to provide seamless transitions into the workforce 

Jason-Urranndulla Davis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer WUNA, Hold Access 

Ken Riddiford, Chief Executive Officer, Stronger Smarter Institute 

Shaun Cusack, Regional Manager, Clontarf Foundation  

  • Identifying strategies to overcome the challenges faced with the Indigenous Procurement Policy 
  • How to collaborate to activate the Indigenous interest to further empowerment
  • Ensuring the government policy and procurement is working for Indigenous advancement 

 

Brendan Moyle, Chief Executive Officer, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council 

  • Showcasing the different alternatives to business and entrepreneurship for young people  
  • How to provide continuous support and encouragement for those choosing alternative career paths 
  • Importance of a role model to provide guidance and mentoring 

Jefa Greenaway RAIA MDIA, Director, Greenaway Architects and IADV and Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne 

Stream A: Improving educational outcomes for students

Chair: Wendy Gorman
Board Director
Early Childhood Australia 

  • Setting strong foundations by embedding First Nations perspectives across society 
  • Developing traditional economies in a modern world 
  • Using digital inclusion for First Nations Communities to improve community engagement and deliver services 

Dr Scott Winch, Senior Policy Advisor, World Vision Australia 

Aunty Flo Watson OAM, Chairperson and Elder, Teralba Park Stolen Generations Support Group 

  • Ensure student are supported and provided with resources that’s are accessible when needed  
  • Developing strategies for children that do not have a home environment supportive of education 
  • Ensuring children and young people are socially and emotionally vocal of their thoughts 
  • Highlighting the benefits for children that have had social and emotional support 

Josephine Martin, Director, Play Therapy Northern Territory 

  • How to implement and benefit from an on Country learning model 
  • Identifying ways to include First Nations people in planning, strategising and executing school plans
  • Driving improved student outcomes by using cultural knowledge

Rosie Visiya Tabuaucu, Principal, Wulungarra Community School  

Stream B: Advancing Indigenous economic development

Chair: Di Ellis
Indigenous Engagement Manager
NRMA

  • Ensuring the equality of access to employment and growth in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and community organisations 
  • Creating self-determined and inclusive communities where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are valued and respected 
  • Ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a strong voice, are decision makers on issues that impact them and lead in the achievement of positive life outcomes 

Jerome Cubillo, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Territory Indigenous Business Network (NTIBN) 

  • Discussing challenges and successes of partnerships 
  • Connecting businesses through collaboration and ensuring growth  
  • The importance of engagement in improving relationships between Indigenous and mainstream businesses 

Di Ellis, Indigenous Engagement Manager, NRMA 

  • How Indigenous groups can lead the way using technology 
  • Developing strategies to ensure the transformation is commercially viable on Country 
  • Identifying how technology can advance economic development and employment opportunities 

Ricky Archer, Chief Executive Officer, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) 

50+ Community and Government Experts

The Hon. Selena Jane Malijarri Uibo MLA
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Northern Territory Government
Nova Peris OAM OLY MAICD
Olympian and Former Senator
Jerome Cubillo
Chief Executive Officer
Northern Territory Indigenous Business Network (NTIBN)
Aunty Flo Watson OAM
Chairperson and Elder
Teralba Park Stolen Generations Support Group
Alan Beattie
Chief Executive
Noongar Land Enterprise Group
Ken Riddiford
Chief Executive Officer
Stronger Smarter Institute
Rosie Visiya Tabuaucu
Principal
Wulungarra Community School
Jye Struguell
Ochre Classroom Teacher and Pumarali House Coordinator
Haileybury Rendall School
Joe Brown
Director Community Engagement and Local Decision Making
Department of Education - NT

Attend this comprehensive forum and learn how to:

  • Indigenous Education
  • Indigenous Employment
  • Indigenous Economic Development
  • Improve students' attendance rate through effective engagement 
  • Increase academic outcomes by focusing on connection to culture and identity in classrooms 
  • Build trusting and collaborative partnership with communities, families and Elders 
  • Develop culturally safe and responsive teaching methods for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children 
  • Develop sustainable pathways into higher education and employment 
  • Effectively attract, upskill and retain Indigenous employees 
  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people into employment 
  • Create sustainable pathways into employment 
  • Develop an inclusive work environment that celebrates Indigenous culture 
  • Develop employment strategies that focus of creating a healthy work environment 
  • Build capability and capacity for Indigenous business owners 
  • Drive financial independence and wealth creation opportunities for businesses and communities 
  • Develop strategies for industry and government to engage with Indigenous communities to build stronger business and industry networks 
  • Advance business opportunities in rural and regional location 
  • Grow your business through partnerships and collaborations 

Who should attend:

Heads of:

Indigenous Education
Economic Development
Indigenous Employment

From:

Aboriginal Corporations
Aboriginal Councils and Shires Not-for-Profits
Mainstream Corporations
Public & Private Schools
Higher Education
Federal Government
State Government
Local Government

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