Redefining Indigenous Self-Determination in Australian Public Policy

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Self-determination remains a key priority for Indigenous communities and organisations across Australia. Governments are repeatedly called upon to engage directly with Indigenous experiences and knowledge when formulating policy, however consultation is often criticised as cursory or inappropriate. We seek proposals from students interested in exploring the potential for genuine self-determination and the pursuit of Indigenous policy priorities reflecting changing expectations both inside and outside government. The candidate will consider the impact of Indigenous public servants in key agencies and the role of representative and advisory bodies including the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and the Indigenous Advisory Council.

This project will suit an applicant who has completed Masters or Honours level studies in political or policy studies, Australian studies, Indigenous studies or legal studies, and has an in-depth understanding of Indigenous politics and public policy processes. It would particularly suit applicants with previous experience in the public sector or with experience in working in Indigenous organisations or non-government organisations with a focus on Indigenous service delivery or advocacy. While the ideal candidate will have experience in the Australian setting, applicants with relevant experience in other locations will be considered (for example, New Zealand, Canada or other similar settings).

Supervisory team
Christopher
Walker

Arts & Social Sciences
Social Sciences
Diana
Perche

Other
Nura Gili Indigenous Programs
Reuben
Bolt

Other
Nura Gili Indigenous Programs
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c.walker@unsw.edu.au