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The DATTA Vic Symposium - Teaching First Nations Knowledge & Perspectives in Design (PL2434)

  • 21 Jun 2024
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Monash MADA
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When: Friday 21 June, 8.30am - 4:30pm

Where: Monash MADA, Caulfield Campus, Monash University


  • $255 for members
  • $355 for non members
  • $75 for students

This event is open to all Design teachers, at any year level, who are hoping to implement First Nations perspectives, culture and knowledge into their own teaching practice.

In the new VCE Product Design & Technologies study design, there is a major focus on “providing opportunities for students to develop understandings of the significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connection to Country, place and culture through the acknowledgement of tradition and culture, and how product design can be a demonstration of culture.”

Our 2024 symposium, delivered in partnership with Monash MADA, will build confidence and skills in teachers to appropriately celebrate First Nations' knowledge and experience in their PD&T and D&T classes.

Featuring case studies of First Nations designers, essential information from the Australian Indigenous Design Charter, project examples and activities, this day is a must for all educators of Design & Technologies and PD&T who wish to enrich their teaching and build an understanding in their students of how culture influences design.

Our presenters include:


Image: Melbourne School of Design

Jefa Greenaway is an architect, interior designer, academic, director of Greenaway Architects , co-author of the International Indigenous Design Charter and co-founder & Chair of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV), Australia’s only Indigenous design association. He is proud of his Wailwan | Kamilaroi (northwest NSW) and German heritage, and is a highly respected Aboriginal leader who believes that architecture can act as a conduit for Indigenous communities to explore cultural expression and identity through meaningful design action. Just some of his design work can be seen in the Koorie Heritage Trust, Ngarara Place at RMIT, the Lowitja Institute, and the Student Precinct at the University of Melbourne.

Image: Nicole Monks

Nicole Monks is an award-winning designer of Yamaji Wajarri,Dutch and English heritage living and working on Worimi and Awabakal Country (Newcastle). Monks’s practice is informed by her cross-cultural identity, using storytelling as a way to connect the past with the present and future. Her Marlu furniture range (pictured above) was inspired by a trip back on country, visiting her 93-year-old Auntie Dora Dann and reminiscing about Doras childhood including Nicole's great-grandmothers renowned kangaroo tail stew. These beautiful pieces reflect Aboriginal philosophies of sustainability, innovation and collaboration.

Image: UTS

Luisa Skyring is a recent graduate of the UTS Design Honours program, who has also worked with Mili Mili, a First Nations-led public art consultancy managed by Nicole Monks. She is a passionate advocate for First Nations inclusion through design, and this led to to collaborate with Monks on jinjamarda, a playful street furniture collection for children. jinjamarda is a Wajarri word that means ‘little brother, little sister’. Each piece represents a Australian animal native to Awabakal Country (Newcastle) and acts as a physical play object and educational opportunity all in one. As Luisa says, "“It was designed as an example of how [a First Nations] design methodology should be promoted in the wider industrial design industry — that First Nations inclusion should be the standard.

Michael Dale is a proud Nukunu man from South Australia now living in Victoria and teaching Design & Technologies at Mount Lilydale Mercy College. Michael runs an annual First Nations Day for year 8 students where he has developed programs to celebrate First Nations' culture and heritage through design-based activities. Michael is the very worthy recipient of the 2023 DATTA Vic Secondary Educator of the Year award.

  Bridget O’Leary is a Facilitator at Yarra Ranges Tech School, where she is responsible for remote regional programs, LGBTIQ+ inclusive team training, and running Human Centered Design Thinking programs. She is an enthusiastic champion of inclusive practices and received a recognition award from Monash College for LGBTIQ inclusive teaching practices/training for educators.




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