New Trends in Indigenous Governance Executive Workshop

Program overview

A new and innovative set of collaborative relationships between Indigenous communities and local councils, service providers, regional development agencies, and catchment management authorities, amongst others, is emerging in Australia. The relationships arise from a growing trend in Indigenous governance - the 'reconstitution' of Indigenous communities as governing authorities in their own right.

Research in Australia and North America suggests that these developments - in Indigenous community-to-local government relationships and in Indigenous nation governance - hold great promise. For example, research evidence suggests that strengthened Indigenous nation governance can generate new approaches to longstanding social policy concerns and spark economic and environmental benefits for entire regions.

Importantly, these developments need not be confined to a few local communities and a few Indigenous nations. Native title, regional models for Indigenous service delivery, land use agreements, impact-benefit agreements, and a variety of other jurisdiction-sharing arrangements create opportunities for Australian governments at the local, state and federal levels, to share in the benefits that can emerge from innovations in Indigenous nation governing authority.

Who Should Attend?

The New Trends in Indigenous Governance Executive Workshop is designed specifically for middle and senior level managers, from the public, private and community sectors, who are involved in the design and implementation of policy and services for Indigenous communities.

Key Benefits

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Have an overview of the evidence for the benefits of strengthened Indigenous nation governance

  • Understand the new collaborative relationships emerging in Indigenous governance

  • Be able to apply insights from the research to policy processes and the design and delivery of services for Indigenous communities

  • Have insights into how to leverage new opportunities for Indigenous governing authority in their own organisational contexts

Workshop Format

Drawing on the latest research and practical knowledge from Australia, Canada and the United States, this interactive workshop will explore innovations in Indigenous nation governing authority and their implications for policy and collaborative governance. Australian and international case studies will be explored in addition to areas of interest to participants.

The presenters will work with participants, in a detailed way, to consider how they might apply insights from the workshop to their own organisations.


This Executive Workshop will be led by Dr Miriam Jorgensen, an internationally-recognised academic in the area of Indigenous governance. Panel members will include Dr Mark McMillanProfessor Daryle Rigney and Dr Alison Vivian. The workshop will be chaired by Associate Professor Helen Dickinson.

Dr Miriam Jorgensen:

  • Research Director, Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona
  • Professorial Fellow, Indigenous Governance, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne

Dr Mark McMillan

  • Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne

Professor Daryle Rigney

  • Dean of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, Flinders University

Dr Alison Vivian

  • Senior Researcher, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning (Research Unit), University of Technology, Sydney

Associate Professor Helen Dickinson

  • Associate Professor of Public Governance, School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Director of Executive Education, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne

Further Details

Workshop dates

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Workshop Schedule

10.00 - 10.15 Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee

10.15 - 16.15 Workshop (including Lunch)

16.15 - 17.15 Networking Function

Workshop Venue

The Woodward Centre, Level 10
Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street Carlton VIC 3053


If you have an enquiry about this Executive Program, please contact:

Contact person
Maria Wills
+61 3 8344 8760