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North Australian Indigenous Experts Panel


The North Australian Indigenous Experts Panel was established in 2011 to broker knowledge and support leadership to the North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum on sustainable economic development.

Patrick Dodson is Chair and Peter Yu is Deputy Chair of the Indigenous Experts Forum. It provides advice to the Northern Australia Ministerial Forum on key strategic policy interests relevant to Indigenous people’s aspirations for sustainable development.

Panel outline

The Indigenous Experts Panel brings a range of expertise and knowledge in fields relevant to sustainable economic development in north Australia, such as environmental health, research and policy, industry, social and cultural welfare, resource management, land tenure and planning and infrastructure.


The Indigenous Experts Panel believes it is a timely and welcome potential for meaningful participation in any future development in north Australia. The Indigenous Forum is viewed as an opportunity to develop workable and creative partnerships that can produce institutional and policy change as a basis for building resilient communities through reliable prosperity in northern Australia by:

  • informing governments about the economic and development needs and aspirations of Indigenous north Australians,
  • promoting policy reform to meet development needs and aspirations; and
  • establishing an Indigenous Futures Framework to effectively and transparently manage future interactions with government to deliver Indigenous-led sustainable economic development agendas.

Priorities and principles

The Indigenous Experts Panel meets twice a year (2011-2013) to consider strategic direction for policy principles of the key strategic areas:

  • economy/commercialism
  • culture and heritage
  • conservation
  • employment and infrastructure
  • governance

Meeting News

The 4th and final meeting will be held on 20 March, 2013

View Meeting News bulletins from past three meetings here.

Want to know more?

Go to these pages:

North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum

North Australian Indigenous Experts Panel

Indigneous Experts Forum Publications and Links

Go to another relevant website:

Northern Australian Ministerial Forum

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