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First Nations Gathering

6 Aug 2024Hybrid

The First Nations Gathering event is designed by First Nations people, for First Nations people working In Victoria’s public sector. 


A series of guest speakers will share their personal experiences of working in the sector and discussions will reflect on Truth and Treaty, resilience, the complexity of walking in two worlds, how to make a professional development plan that works for you – and more. 
This event is an opportunity for First Nations staff from all levels of the VPS, across different roles and departments, to gather and connect in a culturally safe space. 
The event program will be released in July.



Professor Eleanor Bourke AM

Chair Yoorrook Justice Commission

Proud Wergaia/Wamba Wamba Elder

Terry Garwood 

Deputy Secretary, First Peoples – State Relations, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Proud Yorta, Wemba Wemba and Wergaia man

Gail Lister 

Manager, Aboriginal Employment , Victorian Public Sector Commission

Proud Wiradjuri woman



Yolanda Finette 

Holistic life coach, holistic counsellor, facilitator, and wellbeing weaver

Proud Yorta Yorta woman

Rueben Berg 

Co-Chair, First People’s Assembly of Victoria

Proud Gunditjmara man

Rose de Jong 

Deputy CEO, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative

Proud Wiradjuri woman

Dr. Jill Gallagher AO (HonLLD) 

Chief Executive Officer, VACCHO

Proud Gunditjmara woman

Tim McCartney

Executive Director, First Peoples Self Determination and Reform, Department of Transport and Planning
Proud Wotjobaluk man
Date & Time

6 August 2024
9:15 am – 3:30 pm (AEST)



Aboriginal Advancement League
2 Watt St, Thornbury VIC 3071, Australia

or online via livestream


If you would like to learn more about pricing or attend please email a member of the IPAA Victoria team.