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Fifth Bangamalanha Conference 14 September 2022

Save the Date Wednesday 14th September 2022.

It represents an unmissable chance for those who provide services to Aboriginal peoples post-school, to share knowledge, experiences and expertise related to meeting the aspirations and priorities of Aboriginal peoples and communities.

The conference brings together stakeholders to engage in meaningful conversations aimed at creating real and lasting improvements in education, training and employment for Aboriginal peoples. This year's virtual conference features:

  • Live Q+A
  • The ability to tailor your own timetable of virtual sessions
  • Move seamlessly between activities
  • Visit breakout rooms for networking opportunities
  • Connect with conference delegates in virtual chat rooms

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2022 Bangamalanha Conference lineup


First Nations Entertainer Mitch Tambo

Mitch Tambo is one of Australia’s most unique and electrifying First Nations entertainers who has been hailed as “the new voice of our generation” (Natalie Bassingthwaighte).
The Sony Music Recording Artist has become an international sensation. His debut album ‘Guurrama-Li’ raced up music charts within Australia, the UK, US, Europe, Asia and New Zealand.
In February 2020 Mitch performed his single ‘Together’ as part of Eurovision Australia Decides and closed out the historic Fire Fight concert singing ‘You’re the Voice’ with John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Queen’s Brian May in a performance for the ages. Not slowing down, he also released ‘LOVE’, an upbeat anthem, sung in Tambo’s Gamilaraay language and his electro-pop Gamilaraay language version of Vanessa Amarosi’s ‘Absolutely Everybody’.
The acclaimed First Nations entertainer is also an ambassador for UNICEF Australia raising awareness of the issues affecting children across Australia, the region and the world, through focussing on early childhood education and mental health awareness.

Thomas Mayor

Thomas Mayor a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man. He was a wharf labourer for sixteen years and is an official of the Maritime Union of Australia and is the author of four books as well as essays and articles published in the Griffith Review, the Sydney Morning Herald, and The Guardian.
His present works cover both historical and contemporary First Nations struggles, biographical narratives, fatherhood, masculinity, love, and race.


Joe Williams

Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri, First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW having lived a 15 year span as a professional sports person.
Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi Polar Disorder. After a suicide attempt in 2012, Joe felt his purpose was to help people who struggle with mental health & wellbeing.
Joe is also an author having contributed to multiple books as well as his very own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within.

Mark Olive

Long-time friend of Bangamalanha Conference, Mark Olive, aka ‘The Black Olive’, has been a Chef for over 30 years.
As a Bundjalung Man, Mark’s family originated from the Northern Rivers region in NSW. Born in Wollongong, on Australia's south coast, he became interested in cooking as a child, watching his mother and aunts prepare meals.
A Storyteller by nature, with a love of music, we are delighted to have ‘The Black Olive’ showcase his unique style and passion for cooking through a workshop at this years’ conference.


Hayley McGuire

Hayley is a proud Darumbal and South Sea Islander. She is a passionate advocate for Indigenous social justice and ending education inequality. She is the National Coordinator and Co-Founder of the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition, which is focused on asserting Indigenous rights to education. She is a firm believer of authentic youth engagement and representation and is a former member of the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group.

Bangamalanha - Speakers

Previous Bangamalanha Keynote Speakers

Dr Anita Heiss
Dr Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss is the award-winning author...

Dr Anita Heiss is the award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, children's novels and travel articles. She is a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation of central NSW, an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, the GO Foundation and Worawa Aboriginal College.

Anita is a board member of the State Library of Queensland, the University of Queensland Press and Circa. Anita is a Professor of Communications at the University of QLD (part-time), and artist in residence at La Boitte Theatre, adapting her novel Tiddas for the stage. Her novel Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms is the 2020 University of Canberra Book of the Year. Anita enjoys eating chocolate, running half-marathons and being a 'creative disruptor'.

Nova Peris

Nova Peris was Australia's first Aboriginal woman elected...

Nova Peris was Australia's first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament and the first Aboriginal Australian and Northern Territorian to win an Olympic Gold Medal. A former Senator for the Northern Territory, Nova is a passionate campaigner for Aboriginal rights and reconciliation in Australia. She has also actively campaigned on issues of mental and physical health.

Stan Grant
Stan Grant

"It is incredibly important to our people to build strong futures..."

"It is incredibly important to our people to build strong futures based around education and stable employment ... it's great to see Indigenous people are seizing new opportunities in vocational training at TAFE NSW". - Stan Grant, 2018 Bangamalanha Keynote Speaker, Australian political journalist, ABC presenter and Aboriginal Affairs advocate.

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Who should attend

Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal dignitaries, practitioners and education, training and employment specialists from NSW and interstate will attend the conference, as well as:

  • Vocational educational providers
  • University researchers and lecturers
  • Training organisations
  • Employers and industry groups
  • Employment services including recruitment services
  • Policy makers and funding organisations
  • Local and peak Aboriginal organisations
  • Schools interested in linking Aboriginal students to education, training and employment
  • Interested individuals
  • Teachers and trainers
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander service centres
  • Support services

Reasons to attend

Conference participants will benefit by:

  • Gaining an overview of current federal, state and local initiatives related to post-school Aboriginal education, training and employment
  • Sharing expertise, experience and knowledge to cultivate links between employers, training providers, support services and Aboriginal Communities
  • Participating in discussions regarding strategies to improve post-school outcomes
  • Contributing to a growing knowledge base regarding the variety of approaches that delivers positive outcomes for Aboriginal people upon leaving school
  • Building networks for genuine collaboration across sectors to support effective outcomes for Aboriginal peoples
  • Increasing knowledge of the Aboriginal cultural components necessary to ensure cultural safety and appropriateness of initiatives