UPCOMING EVENT: Insights and Perspectives on Indigenous Affairs and Policy Making in Australia from 1967-Present


The Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies
Georgetown University's National Center for Cultural Competence 

cordially invite you to

Insights and Perspectives on Indigenous Affairs and Policy Making in Australia from 1967-Presents

by Craig Ritchie
Chief Executive Officer 
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

Craig Ritchie will present a lecture entitled “Insights and Perspectives on Indigenous Affairs and Policy Making in Australia from 1967 – Present” and engage the audience in a spirited discussion session.  This lecture will: (1) provide an overview of the history of policy interactions between the Australian government and Aboriginal people; (2) explore the intersection of culture and policy making; (3) examine the impact of federalism on indigenous affairs; and (4) delineate the drive toward cultural competence in policy impacting the Indigenous people of Australia.  This lecture coincides with the 50th anniversary of a constitutional change that gave the Australian federal government the power to enact laws affecting Indigenous Australians and included indigenous people in the population count of the country for the very first time.
Craig Ritchie has a rich history and impressive resume in  public policy and education. Selected highlights of are provided.
Craig Ritchie

  • Craig Ritchie is an Aboriginal man of the Dhunghutti and Biripi nations and is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).  Born and raised in rural New South Wales, Mr. Ritchie was the first in his family to go to University.   
  • Prior to coming to AIATSIS, Mr. Ritchie was Branch Manager, International Mobility in the Australian Government Department of Education and Training; served as the senior departmental executive responsible for the Australian Government’s Endeavour Awards, which support international student and researcher mobility, and policy leadership on qualifications recognition; and was the Departmental lead on the Australian Government’s education relationships in America, the Middle East and Africa, along with Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 
  • As Branch Manager of the Access and Participation Branch in the Higher Education Reform Group, Department of Education, Mr. Ritchie led two major systemic reform initiatives in higher education one of which focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education through the implementation of the findings of the landmark Review of Access and Outcomes in Higher Education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (the Behrendt Review)​.​ 
  • Mr. Ritchie was the former Assistant Secretary, Remote Health Services Development Branch in the Department of Health and Ageing where he was responsible of a program of primary health care reform for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017
1:00-3:00 PM

Intercultural Center, Room 302P
Georgetown University Main Campus

Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057

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