FAQs

FAQs

We’ve pulled together a list of the most commonly asked questions to give you more information about the Convention.
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About the event

What is the 2021 Australian Reconciliation Convention?
The Australian Reconciliation Convention is a landmark event in Australia’s reconciliation journey. The program includes local, national and international perspectives and will reflect on the past to explore the future of a just, equitable, and reconciled Australia.

It will bring together an ever-growing community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians to discuss, learn and recommit to the next steps in our reconciliation journey as we urge the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

When is the 2021 Australian Reconciliation Convention?
The Convention will take place across three half-days from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 November 2021.
Each session starts at 11.30am AEDT and ends by 4.30pm AEDT, to provide an accessible experience across all Australian time zones.

Why is the Australian Reconciliation Convention being held online?
Delivering the Convention via EventCast, an interactive broadcast experience, means that we can bring our communities together in a safe and accessible way.

Attendees will still be able to connect with other attendees and organisations from across Australia, interact during sessions and panels, share their reconciliation stories, and more – all from the comfort of their own home or workplace.

What’s on the program?
The Convention’s innovative approach will include rigorous discussions and panel presentations with local, national and international perspectives to reflect on the past and to explore the future of a just, equitable, and reconciled Australia.

It will also include interactive sessions, storytelling, and performances, covering the breadth and depth of how we are moving from safe to brave.

For more information, read the full program.

Attendance & registration

Can anyone attend?
Yes! Reconciliation is everyone’s business and we all have a role to play in building relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

Being part of this landmark event – the first national reconciliation gathering in more than 20 years – will allow you to be part of discussing, learning and recommitting to the next steps in our reconciliation journey as we urge the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

How do I register to attend?
Register online and you will receive the information to login to the EventCast platform.

I’ve already registered and now the event has changed. What happens now?
You should have received an email from Australian Reconciliation Convention convention@reconciliation.org.au outlining the changes to registrations, which are:

  • All in-person tickets and all-inclusive tickets will convert to a virtual ticket and a 50% refund will be provided.
  • Any in-person tickets or all-inclusive tickets that are cancelled (in accordance with our terms and conditions) will receive a full refund less a 10% administration fee.
  • All evening social tickets will be refunded in full.
  • All virtual tickets will remain the same 

If you previously registered but did not receive this email, please contact us.

Do I have to pay to attend?
Yes, the full cost to access the Convention’s three half-days via EventCast is $700+GST, please check the registration page for further details.

Reconciliation Australia is offering support for a limited number of individuals to attend the Convention. Read the Convention Attendance Support Guidelines and submit an application by 31 October 2021 to be considered.

Can I still buy a ticket?
Yes! Ticket sales will remain open until Wednesday 10 November 2021.
Register now.

What methods of payment are accepted?
We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Your organisation can also pay via Electronic Funds Transfer, please contact our team at arc@fourthwall.com.au if you wish to pay via EFT.

Can I buy a one-day pass?
Reconciliation Australia offers only full-Convention registration. The pricing is based on participants attending the entire Convention and being able to fully access the benefits of the whole experience.

What if I can’t make the event; can I find the content elsewhere?
If you are unable to attend the sessions via our immersive platform EventCast during the Convention dates your registration will enable you to access all sessions through the OnDemand Library. The library will be available for 60 days after the Convention ends.

You can cancel your registrations up to 14 days prior to the start of the Convention. You will receive a full refund less a 10% administration fee. Cancellation requests must be made in writing to convention@reconciliation.org.au.

Can I transfer my ticket to a colleague?
Yes, you may nominate a replacement attendee at no charge, all requests for changes must be made in writing to convention@reconciliation.org.au by Friday 5 November 2021.

Can multiple people use one registration?
Unfortunately, we do not have an option to have one registration shared by multiple people.

What will I need to attend and participate in the convention?
You will need a computer, laptop, or tablet, a good internet connection and a valid registration. There is also a mobile phone app that will complement your convention experience and allow you to interact with the panels, speakers and other attendees.

You will receive login details in early November.

SESSION 1:
LEGACIES OF EDUCATION
Breakout Stream 1: 2:15pm – 3:00pm

The sorry history of the gaps and silences in Australian education underscores the importance of reconciliation in education in this panel. While much has been improved there remains a critical need for structural reform in both the curriculum and in teacher education.

SESSION 3:
TRANSFORMING INSTITUTIONS TO CLOSE THE GAP
Breakout Stream 2: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

Aboriginal community-controlled organisations (ACCHOs) were, and continue to be, responses to the inability of mainstream institutions to provide culturally informed, holistic services. How are ACCHOS innovating to meet the challenge of closing the gap, and what do mainstream organisations need to learn and do better?

SESSION 2:
REPATRIATIONS
& CULTURAL STRENGTH
Breakout Stream 1: 2:15pm – 3:00pm

Repatriation returns ancestral remains and artefacts back to Country, while empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reclaim story, history and to strengthen culture. What is the impact of repatriation so far and what still needs to be done?

SESSION 3:
UNDERSTANDING BRINGING
THEM HOME
Breakout Stream 1: 2:15pm – 3:00pm

24 years on, the potential of action from the Bringing Them Home Report is unrealised. What are the direct and intergenerational impacts of the Stolen Generations and how have they shaped communities, reconciliation efforts, and Australia as a whole?

SESSION 4:
WHAT'S HOLDING
STRUCTURAL RACISM TOGETHER
Breakout Stream 1: 2:15pm – 3:00pm

The great Australian scourge is an inability to see the structures holding up racist beliefs and actions. This panel explores both the structures and systems that allow racism to continue, and how we can dismantle them.

SESSION 1:
COMMUNITY
TRUTH-TELLING
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

More local communities are working together to mark previously untold and unrecognised parts of their local histories. Respectful relationships based on truth and understanding at a local level are signposts to our reconciled future. This panel examines what community truth-telling can look like and why it’s important.

SESSION 2:
SURVIVOR-LED HEALING
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Survivor-led healing acknowledges trauma and focuses on healing not just of the individual, but the community to which they are connected. Shared survivor stories show dignity and resilience and involve us all in the healing process to pave the way to make healing happen.

SESSION 3:
IN THE MIRROR:
ORGANISATIONS & AUTHENTIC TRUTH-TELLING Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

As more corporate, sporting and other organisations embed reconciliation in their day-to-day business, truth-telling is becoming imperative to many. How are organisations holding themselves to account for past practices?

SESSION 4:
TRUTH-TELLING IN
DOCUMENTARY FILM
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

In My Blood it Runs is a respectful collaboration between filmmakers, partner organisations and the families involved, to show a First Nations child’s perspective of the education system. Undertaking truth-telling in film and impact campaigns has wide-ranging consequences and learnings for all involved. What follows when the truth comes out?

SESSION 1:
WALKING THE TALK
IN OUR SCHOOLS
Breakout Stream 2: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

Many schools are leading the way in making reconciliation part of everyday business. These schools talk about individual approaches to reconciliation within their classrooms, around their schools and with their communities.

SESSION 2:
BRAVE ECONOMIC FUTURES
Breakout Stream 2: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

First Nations governance and ingenuity are underlying strengths in prosperous First Nations organisations, businesses and economies. Business provides a path to community growth and individual aspirations. What are the paths forward for building and investing in strong futures?

SESSION 4:
BURSTING THE BUBBLE OF SELF BELIEF
Breakout Stream 2: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

We’ve witnessed spectacular – and everyday – reconciliation failures by corporate, community and government organisations who have previously shown commitment and understanding. This session focusses on what we can learn from organisational engagement failures and considers the findings from the Independent Panel Review into the proposed Dan Murphy’s development in Darwin.

Gold partner

In 2019, the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) was established to lead and coordinate Commonwealth policy development, program design, implementation, and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is central to the NIAA’s work – it enriches our advice to government, informs decision making, and contributes to better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The NIAA believes that action is key to reconciliation and we are currently committed to several significant items of work that directly contribute to reconciliation. Central to this is the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. The National Agreement is a new model of working together, where all governments work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders with an increased level of accountability, transparency and responsibility between all parties.

In August 2021, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP released the Commonwealth’s first Closing the Gap Implementation Plan, developed across the Commonwealth in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners. The Implementation Plan sets a foundation for the Commonwealth’s actions over the next decade to achieve targets in the National Agreement that will have positive outcomes for Indigenous Australians and contribute to national reconciliation.

SESSION 1:
RECONCILIATION & THE YOUNGEST GENERATION
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Actively listening to, learning alongside and involving children in reconciliation activities is critical to ensuring intergenerational change towards reconciliation. How are early learning services equipping children for a reconciled future?

SESSION 2:
WALKING & WORKING TOGETHER
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Genuine engagement with First Nations stakeholders helps bridge the cultural divide, build relationships of trust and respect, and support respect for cultural heritage. How can the interests of First Peoples be protected and supported through engagement?

SESSION 3:
MAINSTREAM MEDIA: RAISING THE BAR
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Cutting through the racism and stereotypes in mainstream media stories about First Nations peoples requires more than hiring some more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media workers. What are some of the fundamental changes needed from within the industry to raise the stakes on representation?

SESSION 4:
TRANSFORMATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
Breakout Stream 1: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations are forging partnerships with mainstream organisations all over the country. Reconciliation Action Plan organisations have been involved in more than 13,000 of these formal and informal partnerships. What have mainstream organisations learnt from forming mutually-beneficial partnerships with Indigenous-led organisations, and how do they ensure these partnerships are transformational, rather than transactional?

SESSION 1:
NARRAGUNNAWALI AWARDS CEREMONY
Breakout Stream 2: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

The Narragunnawali Awards are Australia’s first and only national reconciliation in education awards for schools and early learning services. They recognise the exceptional commitment shown to reconciliation in education.

SESSION 2:
REPRESENTATION FOR
REAL CHANGE
Breakout Stream 2: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

For lasting change Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must have a real say in the laws, policies and programs that affect their lives and rights. There are diverse ways in which First Peoples are represented, and there is much to be learnt from these different models and how they support the right to self-determination.

SESSION 3:
WIYI YANI U THANGANI: WOMEN'S VOICES
Breakout Stream 2: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are leaders, survivors, teachers and healers. They carry with them a wealth of inherited, lived and learnt expertise. Hear how these women and girls’ voices are vital to paving the way for a future all Australians want, deserve and have a right to.

SESSION 4:
LEADING THROUGH INDIGENOUS GOVERNANCE
Breakout Stream 2: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have maintained innovative and robust systems of governance for millennia. Hear about innovative systems of Indigenous governance with culture at the heart and how it supports building a self-determined future.

Convention partner

The BHP Foundation works to address some of the world’s most critical sustainable development challenges. By working in partnership with innovative institutions who share these ambitions, we seek to raise the bar, find new solutions and set new standards for the future.

We are a charitable organization funded by BHP, a leading global resources company, and through our efforts we look to enhance the contribution the global resources sector can make to the achievement of many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

In Australia, a large part of our focus is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organizations in their drive towards effective governance and self-determination. We understand this to be about two simple yet unrealized factors: choice and voice. Our aspiration is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities are empowered to make informed choices about their own futures and have a greater voice in decisions affecting them.  

Within Australia and across the globe, experience and research tells us that Indigenous peoples’ ability to be self-determining through exercising choice and voice is the only long-term sustainable solution to addressing issues of inequality. Voice is a foundation stone for reconciliation in Australia and is aligned with the ambitions of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. We are grateful to partner with organizations such as Reconciliation Australia and the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute to support the systemic reform required to make Australia just, equal and reconciled.

Gold partner

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s purpose is to improve the financial wellbeing of our customers and communities. Through our Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we are committed to ensuring we achieve our purpose for First Nations customers and communities every day.

We recognise the inherent right Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to be involved in decisions that affect their community. In response, we have aligned our RAP to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and continue to prioritise consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to ensure we have First Nations voices providing input into the bank’s strategies.

Supporting this is our Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC) and its Independent Chair, Wangkumarra and Barkindji man Sean Gordon. As well as guiding our reconciliation strategies, Sean also sits on our CEO’s Advisory Panel, ensuring the perspectives of First Nations peoples inform and support our overall operations. This has been particularly important during the fast evolving COVID-19 environment, ensuring we gain timely advice to best support First Nations customers and communities during difficult times.

We also acknowledge and thank the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and individuals who have guided us through our reconciliation journey since 2008.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have passed away.