Indigenous Forum 2010
The annual NTEU Indigenous Forum was held on 8–9 May in Melbourne. A total of 53 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, Elected Officers and NTEU staff attended the two-day meeting and training workshops.
The Forum was deemed to be a success, with many Indigenous members providing positive feedback.
Forum 2010 had a particular focus on improving Indigenous employment and seeking a greater participation for Indigenous researchers in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) model.
Participants discussed the following relevant issues:
- Setting the Scene: Our Stories – Indigenous Policy Committee members.
- International perspectives: MÄori Guests
- How will the ERA affect Indigenous Research?
- Where’s the Money Gone? – NTEU Federal Budget submission.
- The future of Indigenous Employment in the higher education sector and review of the NTEU National Indigenous Claim.
- Get involved – Get elected!
- Bring the Mob Together: Building Local Campaigns.
- Know your Agreement; Know your Rights.
- Respect at Work.
A wide range of viewpoints and perspectives were raised for discussion during Indigenous Forum, with all participants engaged in thoughtful and meaningful debate. The consensus from participants, was the work being undertaken by NTEU in the areas of Indigenous education, employment and social justice are vital and should be pursued into the future.
Thanking Carolyn Allport
Participants were advised that this Indigenous Forum would be the final time Dr Carolyn Allport would attend in her capacity as National President. Forum participants were united in their thanks for and appreciation of the many years of work Carolyn has undertaken to ensure better employment outcomes and conditions as well as her strident, long-term advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
It is expected that the 15th Indigenous Forum will be conducted in May 2011.