Event description

Indigenous Australians, while owning or managing almost 50 per cent of the continent, do not have a formal say over government policies that affect them.

In October 2019, the Minister for Indigenous Australians announced a co-design process for an Indigenous Voice to government and parliament. In January 2021, the Interim Report on Indigenous Voice was released for public comment.

In this webinar series, you can hear more about this particular process and to hear why the National Co-Design Group for Indigenous Voice believes Indigenous-led formal advice to government and parliament is important and necessary.

The webinar panellists also discussed how the Australian public can participate in the co-design process.

Webinar One: 9 March, 12:00pm – 1:30pm (AEDT)


Dr Jackie Huggins AM and three of the members of the National Co-Design Group:

  • Dr Jackie Huggins AM (Panel Moderator): Swinburne University of Technology Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow for Indigenous Leadership; Commissioner, Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families; past Co-Chair, Reconciliation Australia
  • Dr Donna Odegaard AMLarrakia Elder; Co-Chair, National Co-Design Group; Founder and Chairperson, First Nations Broadcasting Australia; Director, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation
  • The Hon Jeff Kennett AC: Former Premier of Victoria; Founding Chairman, Beyond Blue; President, Hawthorn Football Club; Member, National Co-Design Group
  • Dr Emma LeeAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne; Member, National Co-Design Group

Webinar Two: 4 May, 12:00pm – 1:30pm (AEST)


  • Emeritus Professor Colleen Hayward AMSenior Noongar woman; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous and Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University; Board Member, Centre for Social Impact
  • Alison Page: Award-winning creative at the forefront of contemporary Australian Aboriginal design and storytelling; Descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation
  • Dr Emma LeeAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne; Member, National Co-Design Group
  • Additional panellists and details to be confirmed

Both of these impact2021 webinars are free events presented by the Centre for Social Impact, in collaboration with Moondani Toombadool Centre and Swinburne University of Technology.

You are welcome to attend one or both of the live webinars, which will also be recorded.

About impact2021

These are unprecedented times and the upheaval to our society requires an extraordinary response from our leaders, our thinkers and our do-ers.

The Centre for Social Impact’s first webinar series impact2020, offered more than 45 webinars for the Australian for-purpose sector and covered a range of topic areas with our innovative researchers, educators, thought leaders and partners.

We covered the breadth and complexity of social impact and we brought our diverse Australian for-purpose sector together.

The webinar series lives on in impact2021 and we invite you to join, learn and affect change with us through monthly webinars in 2021.

Sign up for more info as we progressively announce our program and presenters in 2021.

This event was presented by Centre for Social Impact