FairGo Celebrations 2020

The Fair Go research program in the School of Education focuses on pedagogical practices in schools within low-SES communities.

In 2020, the Fair Go research program will mark its 20th anniversary and during the year the School will be holding a series of events to mark this significant milestone. Among this program of events, the School of Education and the Whitlam Institute will be jointly sponsoring the Fair Go lecture series in which significant Australian educators present their perspectives on the general topic of Education and Equity. These lectures will each then be followed by a panel discussion with the speaker and two of the teachers from the Fair Go program.

The first presentation in the lecture series will be on March 19.



Professor Irabinna Rigney is Professor of Education in the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion, University of South Australia and is a Distinguished Fellow at Kings College, London.

One of Australia’s most respected Aboriginal educationalists, Professor Rigney is a descendant of the Narungga, Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri peoples of South Australia. He is an expert on Aboriginal and Minority Education in the Pacific and has worked across the Pacific on Indigenous Education from New Zealand to Taiwan to Canada. He is also a Scientific Committee Member for the Foundation Reggio Children Centro Loris Malaguzzi. He has been recognised nationally for sustained and outstanding contributions to research in education, receiving in 2018 the Hedley Beare Award from the Australian Council of Educational Leaders - its highest honour for writing

Professor Rigney is best known for his work on Indigenous research epistemologies and Aboriginal education, which has put him at the forefront on issues of early learning, schooling and language rights from the 1990s to today. Many teachers and policy writers have been inspired by his writings that promote the idea that culturally responsive schooling is built from the experiences and abilities students bring to class.

Professor Rigney is in constant demand as a commentator on national and international Indigenous matters and has published widely on Education, Languages and Knowledge transmission.

Tammy Anderson is a Biripi woman who is Principal of Briar Road Public School in Airds Housing Estate (Sydney’s South West). When she attended the same school as a young Aboriginal girl she had not even heard about university. Encouraged by her Aboriginal Studies teacher at high school she applied to study for a teaching degree at university. After graduating she returned to Briar Road, first as a casual teacher, and then as the Aboriginal Education Resource Teacher. After some experience in acting executive positions, and then as a Deputy Principal in a nearby school, Tammy was appointed Principal at Briar Road. Tammy was a co-researching teacher as one of the exemplary teachers in the Teachers for a Fair Go project inside the larger Fair Go Program.

Nicole Wade is a Nyoongah woman who is Principal of Campbellfield Public School. As a student, she found school a lonely and disconnected place, and left when she was in Year 11. Determined to succeed, Nicole later gained the HSC through distance education, and then graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Education and First Class Honours. She was awarded the University Medal for her outstanding academic achievements. Nicole has been involved in two projects under the Fair Go Program. She was a co-researching exemplary teacher in Teachers for a Fair Go, and then a mentor in Schooling for a Fair Go.

19 March 2020


6:30 pm for light refreshments
7:00 pm lecture & panel discussion


The Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University,
Cnr. James Ruse Drive & Victoria Road
Female Orphan School, Building EZ

Numbers are limited, please register your attendance below.  This is a free event.


For further information please email Fairgo@westernsydney.edu.au