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The fourth Bangamalanha Conference is going virtual! To be held on WEDNESDAY 23rd September 2020. 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
  • Attend a virtual exhibition hall
  • Visit breakout rooms for networking opportunities
  • Connect with conference delegates in virtual chat rooms

With keynote speakers, multiple virtual breakout sessions and networking opportunities, do not miss tickets for 2020!

Bangamalanha Virtual Conference 2020 Program

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Bangamalanha - Speakers

Bangamalahna Keynote Speaker Announced.

Dr Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss

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 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.

Mark Olive

Mark Olive

Mark Olive, known as 'The Black Olive' is Australia's most celebrated and renowned Indigenous chef. He has been cooking for more than 30 years and his charismatic style and creative approach to food have developed him an esteemed reputation and a large following in Australia and around the world.

Mark has cooked and presented locally in Melbourne, across Australia and around the world and is in frequent demand to present and appear at food events, Indigenous celebrations and representing Australia’s vibrant culinary and cultural tapestry, right across the world.

Stan Grant

Stan Grant

"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.

Bangamalanha - Attendance

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