IPAA Victoria

Indigenous Initiatives


Our Indigenous Initiatives

Our Indigenous Initiatives began in August 2008 to enhance the career development of Indigenous public servants in Victoria and to organise the inaugural Victorian Public Service Networking Conference.

The Institute’s Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) drives the implementation of the Indigenous Initiative; including the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

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IPAA Victoria Indigenous Initiatives

Our vision is to build a strong community of Indigenous public sector professionals.

To find out more click here.

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Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship

This Award acknowledges and supports Indigenous employees who work in or with the public sector by offering a professional development scholarship to a high performing Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who demonstrates leadership potential and dedication to serving the public.

For information click here

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

IPAA Victoria aspires to positively connect public sector people, knowledge and ideas to strengthen our service to the Victorian community and support Australia’s reconciliation journey. All our employees acknowledge and respect the culture and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and recognise that true and lasting reconciliation improves prosperity for all Australians – including adding value to our business.

IPAA Victoria’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) documents our reconciliation journey and our growing commitment to reconciliation over the 2018-2020 period. Our first RAP was launched in 2012, and in 2018 we released our ‘Stretch RAP’ to reflect our higher-level objectives and renewed commitments that reflect our changing business environment.

Through our Reconciliation Action Plan, IPAA Victoria will aim to:

  • Promote awareness and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culture and issues, in our organisation and among our members and stakeholders

  • Foster relationships and links with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working in and with the public sector

  • Promote the participation and career development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the public sector

  • Build productive and collaborative relationships with public sector agencies, local government, and community and private organisations to achieve reconciliation.

Click here to view IPAA Victoria's RAP


Professional Indigenous Network

This Professional Indigenous Network brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public administrators and people interested in Indigenous career advancement in the public sector. For more information please click here.


The Alick and Merle Jackomos Oration

Held biannually, the Alick and Merle Jackomos Oration honours the life and achievements of Alick and Merle Jackomos. Their story as individuals, and as a couple, is one of immense personal dedication to each other, as well as a selfless interest in the advancement of Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Previous Orators

  • Andrew Jackamos, Special Adviser for Aboriginal Self Determination Aboriginal Victoria - 2013

  • Professor Kerry Arabena, Chair,
    Indigenous Health, Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit - 2015

  • Tanya Hosch, General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy,
    AFL - 2017

  • Jill Gallagher, Commissioner,
    Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission - 2018