National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference

NATSIEC 2018 features a program of keynotes presentations and workshops, with over 40 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander presenters.

​Download NATSIEC Program Summary for a list of all plenary and workshop sessions.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Peter Buckskin

Professor Peter Buckskin PSM FACE is a Narungga man from the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, and Chair of NATSIEC 2018 and Chairperson of the South Australian Aboriginal Education and Training Consultative Council (SAAETCC). As an educator and senior leader for more than 35 years, Peter’s passion has been the pursuit of educational excellence for Aboriginal students.

Professor Ian Anderson

Dr Ian Anderson AO is a Palawa man, a Professor of Indigenous higher education and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Deputy Secretary of Indigenous Affairs. Ian is the most senior Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander official in the Australian Government. He is responsible for coordinating the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) response to the refresh of the Closing the Gap  targets for Indigenous health and social disadvantage.

Professor Ian Anderson

Professor Marcia Langton

Professor Marcia Langton AM is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art. Professor Langton has been recently engaged to strengthen Australian school student’s knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander civilisations across Australia.

Dr Chris Matthews

Dr Matthews, a Noonuccal man, is passionate about connecting culture and mathematics, having developed a method of teaching maths to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through dance and story. As Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance and a lecturer at Griffith University, Chris also organises camps and conferences designed to promote Indigenous participation in STEM and to support mathematics outcomes for Indigenous students.

Dr Chris Matthews

Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Aileen Moreton-Robinson is Distinguished Professor of Indigenous Studies at Queensland University of Technology and Director of the Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit and the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). Aileen is a Geonpul woman from Minjerribah, Quandamooka First Nation in Queensland.

Mr Kyran Dixon

Kyran Dixon, member of the Kaurna and Narungga clans, isn’t just a role model for Indigenous youth, he’s a survivor through and through, having persevered through two battles with cancer. In 2018, Kyran was awarded the SA Youth of the Year, and has also used his personal story to help others.

Kyran Dixon

Mr Dean Foley

Dean Foley served five years in the Royal Australian Air Force before founding Australia’s Indigenous business accelerator, Barayamal – now known as a leader in Indigenous Entrepreneurship. Dean is an action-oriented entrepreneur, Microsoft RAP Advisory Board Member and proud Kamilaroi Man who grew up within the Aboriginal community in Gunnedah, NSW.