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Helping close the gap

Helping close the gap
Indigenous delegates from across Australia came together in Canberra for the 5th Annual Defence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network conference from August 15-16.

The annual conference is open to all Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Australian Public Service members who declare their indigenous heritage and offers an opportunity to network, share ideas, experiences and contribute to indigenous strategies and direction within Defence. 

Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, addressed delegates on day two and said Defence was well placed to contribute to the Government’s Closing the Gap strategy. 

“The Defence Secretary and I recognise the unique knowledge and skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples strengthens our Defence capability,” General Hurley said. 

“This conference as an important part of our broader indigenous program and we appreciate your feedback through the Directorate of Indigenous Affairs.” 

Other key attendees included the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, Deputy Secretary People Strategies and Policy, Carmel McGregor, and Head of People Policy and Culture, Richard Oliver. 

Conference delegates included Commanding Officer of 51st Battalion, The Far North Queensland Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Matt Silver and Commanding Officer Norforce, Lieutenant Colonel Paul O’Donnell, who gave a joint presentation on the Regional Force Surveillance Units located in northern Australia. 

Supervisors and commanders of indigenous personnel are encouraged to support attendance at the conference each year where possible. 

Originally published in Army News Ed. 1289 

Last updated
15 September 2016
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