IEBA extends a huge thank you to those who were able to attend our 2021 Symposium in Cairns or online. We know that there were still some late cancellations due to the pandemic and many others who were not able to travel or participate at this time.

However as a hybrid event there are plenty of sessions that have been recorded and we will keep you informed on how these can be accessed. Be sure to be signed up to our E-News, The GAP, to be kept up to date.

The Symposium program is below for your reference.

The Next 10 Years: Are We Ready?
The 4th national Symposium was held during National Reconciliation Week in Cairns from 2-4 June 2021. It was a hybrid event that allowed participation in person, or from work, home or anywhere online.

The theme of The Next 10 Years: Are We Ready? focused on the need for all schools with Indigenous students to understand the ambitions of Indigenous voices in the Closing the Gap targets, and the need to plan and act to achieve these goals.

The three streams of exploration at the Symposium were:


The National Agreement on Closing the Gap

The Coalition of Peaks

Symposium Program Selected sessions were live-streamed. They included two free sessions and four sessions that required a purchased ticket.

Day One – WEDNESDAY 2 JUNE 12.00pm to 5.00pm
12.00-1.00pmWelcome Lunch
12.50-1.10pmWelcome to Country
1.15-2.30pmOpening Address – The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP IEBA Chairperson’s Welcome AddressWatch videoFREE
2.30-3.00pmAfternoon Tea
3.00-3.40pmKeynote address – INDIGENOUS VOICES – Thomas Mayor, Torres Strait Islander, author, activist and unionistONE
3.45-4.40pmQ&A Panel – Hearing Indigenous Voices in Education
5.00-7.00pmWelcome Reception, Lockhart Room Cultural Performance by Minjil
Day Two – THURSDAY 3 JUNE 8.50am to 5.00pm
9.00am-9.10amDay 2 Welcome
9.10-10.00amKeynote address – CLOSING THE GAP Donnella Mills, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Hypothetical – PanelTWO
10.00-10.30amSTUDENT VOICE – Nathaniel Tamwoy Watch video
10.30-11.00amMorning Tea
11.00-11.40amKeynote – THE WAY FORWARD – Richard Stewart, Manager –Transition Support Service, Queensland Department of EducationTHREE
11.40-12.30pmQ&A – Panel – How are we going to Close the Gap?
1.15-1.45pm2021-22 Budget Support for Indigenous students – Paul Denny, National Indigenous Australians Agency Watch video
1.45-5.00pmConcurrent Workshops (incl Afternoon Tea) Indigenous Voice, Closing the Gap and Cultural Competency
6.30-9.30pmSymposium Dinner, Cairns Waterfront
Day 3 – FRIDAY 4 JUNE 9.00am to 1.30pm
9.00-9.10amDay 3 Welcome
9.10-10.00am  Keynote address – RECONCILIATION IN EDUCATION – Zoe Cassim, Reconciliation AustraliaFOUR
10.00-10.45amQ&A – Panel – Reconciliation in Education
10.45-11.15amMorning Tea
11.15-12.00pmWorkshops 3- Reconciliation in Education – Discussion
12.00-12.15pmGroup reporting
12.15-12.30pmClosing session – Three perspectives
1.30-4.30pmWORKSHOP – Cultural Standard 

All delegates will have access to the recordings after the event and the access links to tune-in live or later will be distributed via email after the event. The free sessions will be publicly available after the event also.