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Thursday Three 2021 04 15

AAG's Weekly Update - 15th April 2021 View this email in your browser

AAG's Thursday Three

~ Get involved in the Division Engagement Project

~ The AAG Website and Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM) project

~ National Reconciliation Week 2021 Launched

Get involved in the Division Engagement Project

As you know, the AAG commenced a Division Engagement Project (DEP) in August 2020 with the goal of exploring and redefining the role and purpose of AAG divisions, understanding their current and likely future needs, and establishing a new mutually productive and beneficial relationship that ensures the growth, sustainability and success of the whole Association.

There was a comprehensive consultation that resulted in a DEP Report with recommendations. A further workshop was held on 3 March 2021 and an Implementation Plan has been developed, incorporating feedback from division members who participated. The Implementation Plan is an easy read and, if you need a brief refresher, it also includes a short summary of the key recommendations of the DEP Report and a summary of the feedback from the workshop.

All AAG members are now encouraged to get involved in the implementation phase of this important initiative which will run between May and October this year. The aim is to formally launch it at the Divisions Workshop at the 54th AAG Conference, 9 November 2021.

Choose your interest

Central to the Implementation Plan is the establishment of four working groups that will undertake different parts of the project. You can nominate to participate in one or more of the four groups or Co-chair one of them. Click here for more information on how you can get involved or find out more.

AAG Website and SRM project

AAG is also undertaking another critical initiative called the AAG website and Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM) project, to deliver on our purpose and allows us to build and actively engage with a range of stakeholders, including of course our members. In the middle of 2020 we ran workshops with a broad range of stakeholders to develop the baseline scope for the new website and SRM solutions. There was confidence across the group about the direction.

The selection process was earmarked to commence late in 2020, but due to the impacts of Covid-19 was delayed to March 2021. We are currently reviewing vendors responses to our Request for Proposals that included the scope requirements, in preparation for selection of a partner. Implementation of the project will follow appointment.

The AAG Web and SRM Project Expert Reference Group, chaired by Claudia Meyer (AAG Vice-President), met for the first time this week, and will assist in the vendor selection process and ongoing implementation. The Group represents a broad range of AAG stakeholders.

We will keep you informed of the project including the selected partner vendor and ways that you can engage in the project to ensure it meets the needs of AAG.

Michael Tan from AAG National is overseeing this project and can be contacted on if you have any queries.

National Reconciliation Week 2021 Launched

The 2021 National Reconciliation Week theme, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, has been launched - we hope AAG members can play an active part in reconciliation. More than a word. Reconciliation takes action asks people to take this awareness and knowledge, and use it as a springboard to more substantive action. Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process. The National Reconciliation Week website provides tools, messages and events on how you can show your support or taking part in this year’s activities. Visit for more information.


AAG's ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP Working Group oversees and ensures the implementation of the RAP.

Save the date

54th AAG Conference - Gold Coast, 9 - 12 November 2021
(9 November Pre-Conference Workshops)

Click below to view a video from the Conference Chair, Dr Katrina Radford

Major Partner

Destination Partner

Click here if you are interested in partnering at the 54th AAG Conference on the Gold Coast

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'Thursday Three' is AAG’s Weekly Update for members and friends of AAG. It aims to provide you with an engaging weekly snapshot of news and activities from AAG and beyond through three short 'bites'. If you missed previous editions, click here for the summaries and links .

AAG's purpose is to improve the experience of ageing through connecting research, policy and practice. Why not join in? For more information, email Michael Tan at AAG.

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