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IEBA is very excited to announce our 2021 Symposium.

The hybrid event that will allow you to join in-person in Cairns or from your work, home or anywhere online.

There has been a lot of uncertainty, but this hybrid model allows us, and you, to plan ahead and we look forward to your participation in whatever form that takes.

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The Next 10 Years: Are We Ready?
IEBA is very excited to announce that our 4th national Symposium will be during National Reconciliation Week in Cairns from 2-4 June 2021.This is a hybrid event that will allow you to participate in person, or from your work, home or anywhere online.

The theme of The Next 10 Years: Are We Ready? focuses  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 are:

  • Indigenous Voices – beyond the Uluru Statement from the Heart providing a way for Indigenous Australians to have input on matters that are important to improve their lives.
  • Closing the Gap – the new target seeks 96 per cent of students attaining year 12 by 2031.
  • Reconciliation – promoting relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


The National Agreement on Closing the Gap

The Coalition of Peaks

Symposium Program
Selected sessions will be live-streamed. This includes two free sessions and four sessions that require a purchased ticket. A discount is offered for purchasing access to all four paid sessions in one transaction.



Day One – WEDNESDAY 2 JUNE 12.00pm to 5.00pm
10.00-12.00pm Registration  
12.00-1.00pm Welcome Lunch
1.00-1.15pm Welcome to Country  
1.15-2.30pm Opening Address – The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP
IEBA Chairperson’s Welcome Address
2.30-3.00pm Afternoon Tea
3.00-4.45pm Keynote address – INDIGENOUS VOICES – Thomas Mayor, Torres Strait Islander, author, activist and unionist

Q&A – Panel

5.00-7.00pm Cocktail Reception
Day Two – THURSDAY 3 JUNE 8.50am to 5.00pm
8.50am-9.00am Day 2 Welcome
9.00-10.45am Keynote address – CLOSING THE GAP
Donnella Mills, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Hypothetical – Panel
10.45-11.15am Morning Tea
11.15-12.45pm Keynote – THE WAY FORWARD – Richard Stewart, Manager –Transition Support Service, Queensland Department of Education

Q&A – Panel

12.45-1.30pm Lunch
1.30-5.00pm Concurrent Workshops 1 (incl Afternoon Tea)
6.30-9.30pm Symposium Dinner
Day 3 – FRIDAY 4 JUNE 9.00am to 1.30pm
8.50-9.00am Day 3 Welcome  
9.00-11.00am Keynote address – RECONCILIATION IN EDUCATION – Zoe Cassim, Reconciliation Australia

Q&A – Panel

11.00-12.30pm Closing session
12.30-1.30pm Lunch
1.30-4.30pm WORKSHOP – Cultural Standard  


To participate in the Symposium you will have the choice of attending in-person in Cairns or participating on-line. In-person tickets are for all 3 days including meals, Cocktail Reception and Symposium Dinner. Online tickets can be purchased for individual sessions or as a bundle of multiple sessions.

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 within a week of the event commencing.

Payment options include credit card on-line or during the online booking process you can request an’ Invoice to Pay’ and receive that instantly. Tickets will follow via email after the payment has been received.

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We look forward to you joining us at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort or anywhere online. The venue is located only 5km from the airport and waterfront with free parking. Very reasonable accommodation rates are available by booking direct.


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