The 2nd Annual National Indigenous Career Advancement Forum 2014


Sydney Australia

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Liquid Learning is delighted to present the 2nd Annual National Indigenous Career Advancement Forum 2014. A premier learning and networking event designed to examine successful strategies, exchange experiences and hear inspirational stories from industry leaders.


-Successful retention strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent

-Pathways to sustainable and meaningful careers in the Public and Private Sector

-Raising cultural awareness, overcoming bias and creating a diverse and engaged workforce

-Investing in education and training to boost Indigenous advancement

Featured Speakers

The Honourable Victor Michael Dominello, Minister

for Aboriginal Affairs, Liberal Party of Australia NSW Division

Melissa Williams Director, Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement, University of Western Sydney

Chris Heelan, National Indigenous Manager, Australia Post

Mark deWeerd, General Manager, Community, Culture and Diversity, National Rugby League

Phil Sillifant, Aboriginal Affairs Advisor, Wesfarmers

Kylie Tregea Director, Human Resources Systems, Indigenous Entry Level Programmes and Learning Solutions, Department of Education | Department of Employment

Diana Xirakis, Programme Manager, Indigenous Entry Level Programmes, Department of Education | Department of Employment

Anna Jovanovic, National Reconciliation Action Plan Manager, Reconciliation Australia

Sally Clark, Senior Consultant, Advisory, Ernst & Young

Richard Young, Manager, Indigenous Affairs, Organisational Development, John Holland

Veronica Willmott, Assistant Director, People and Careers, NSW Department of Education and Communities

Kathy Mitchell, Assistant Commissioner, Australian Electoral Commission

Todd Phillips, Indigenous Engagement Advisor, Thiess

Katriina Heikkanen Manager, Indigenous Program NSW / ACT, Australian Football League

Pamela Widders, Assistant Manager, NSW Department of Education and Communities

George Grose, Founding Director,

Paul Dodd, Director, Corporate Culcha

About the event

Despite great efforts there is still a considerable gap in employment and career progression rates between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non‐Indigenous Australians. Especially the disproportion between low paid entry level jobs and executive appointments is a challenge and a burden for Indigenous job seekers and students. Education, professional

training and access to job opportunities is only part of the solution. A culturally safe working environment where Indigenous culture is respected, flexible working arrangements and a strong support network are critical to success.

The 2nd Annual National Indigenous Career Advancement Forum 2014 will draw on the experiences of Indigenous employment and training leaders in the Public, Private and Non-Government Sector and strives to provide new thinking on developing career pathways, supportive training and mentoring techniques to facilitate the advancement and retention of the First Australian people. It also highlights the importance of developing cultural intelligence and awareness among the wider workforce and how a supportive and safe culture is the key to employee engagement and long term career advancement.

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Sponsor/exhibitor contact

Liquid Learning
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Supporting Organisations

Asia Plantation Capital
Diamond Energy
City Developments Ltd