Round-table tackles indigenous partnerships with Australian business and philanthropists

Date: 16/07/2002

The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney, along with the Fred Hollows Foundation and Reconciliation Australia has convened a round table to develop a better focused investment model for Aboriginal communities.

The conference held on 8-9 July in Sydney, was the first time that Australia's indigenous leaders had met with corporate and philanthropic counterparts.

The Conference entitled - "Learning from the Past, Thinking About the Future" produced resolutions to establish a corporate/community dialogue on developing best practice and quality assurance strategies for those seeking to fund programs in indigenous communities.

The conference found that while no-one wanted Australia to be a nation where great inequity exists, yet there appears to be a vacuum around the setting of national priorities and a lack of understanding of the urgency of tackling the enormous disadvantage faced by Indigenous people.

As the Fred Hollows Foundation, Reconciliation Australia and Whitlam Institute work with these grass roots issues they saw an urgent need for the non-Government sector to play a greater and more coordinated role

Providing an international perspective was Dr Xolela Mangcu of the Steve Biko Foundation.

Papers and proceedings from the Conference are being posted progressively on the Whitlam Institute website through the week starting 15 July 2002.

Conference information can be found at