Mr Geoff Langford

Visiting Fellow

Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (2005)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, Securities Institute of Australia (1994)
Post-Graduate Diploma of Education, Sydney Teachers College (1974)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney (1973)

T +61 2 6238 1195
M 0417 290 437
E geoff.langford@anu.edu.au

Introduction

Mr Geoff Langford joined NCIS in January 2015 as a Visiting Fellow. He is the manager and director of Langford Consulting Pty Ltd, a network of consultants linking people with in-depth experience working alongside Aboriginal communities and organisations, with people who have executive public service experience managing Indigenous programs.

As a Visiting Fellow at NCIS, Geoff will be studying Aboriginal management and preservation of colonial trauma sites and related heritage. The project will involve a number of remote and rural communities. Whilst Polish experience in trauma site management will be used to identify options, solutions and pitfalls, research outcomes will be guided by community-based participatory research.

The study emerges from the intersection of two sets of conversations: one with rural and remote Aboriginal leaders and the other with Poles and ethnic minorities in Poland. Common themes in these conversations concern heritage governance and continuing communities, engagement and reconciliation, identity and community development, and funding and institutional support.

Although the study addresses several NCIS research themes, it particularly concerns:

  • education and knowledge
  • culture, heritage, history and repatriation
  • representation, discourse and identity.

Biography

Throughout the 1980s, Geoff lived and worked in a remote Northern Territory Aboriginal community. He has managed Langford Consulting Pty Ltd since 1990. As a director of this company, Geoff has been responsible for conducting nation-wide performance audits and program reviews. His research in applied capacity building, service modelling and partnership development has been widely used by Commonwealth and State agencies, as has his experience in addressing government and community engagement issues. At a local level, Geoff has provided numerous communities with advice on business financing and development.

In recent years, Geoff has undertaken research in:

  • assessing the quantitative and qualitative burden of engagement government imposes on remote communities
  • identifying the governance support needs of the Northern Territory's remote Shires
  • consulting community leaders on changes from community management to "advisory boards"
  • reviewing international capacity development practice for application in remote communities
  • developing partnership formation to foster organisational growth and service delivery capabilities
  • investigating reasons why Aboriginal identification varies across different administrative data.

Scholarly interests

Under the rubric of "community development", Geoff's research interests are in governance, endogenous capacity building, partnership formation, community engagement and participatory research practice.

Publications – contracted project research

The majority of Geoff's research outputs are unpublished reports held by Commonwealth Government Departments. The following is illustrative of reports and presentations undertaken in the last six years.

Completion date Title & description Commissioning body
2014

Cultural Heritage and Engagement report for Bioregional Assessment Program

A report on engagement practices for bioregional assessments of the impact of coal seam development on Indigenous water and land values.

Department of the Environment

2013

Remote community survey into attitudes on employment opportunities and blockages

A participatory research report prepared with the Muntjiltjarra Wurrgumu Group (MWG) into local employment opportunities and blockages.

Mineral Industry Council; Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Capacity building and partnership brokering practices workshops

Multiple workshops for senior government staff on remote area partnership formation and capacity development

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – National Office

2012

Capacity assessment and development template

A report demonstrating the use of capacity building theory in organisational assessments.

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Darwin Office

2011

Presentation on Indigenous program performance auditing techniques

Australian National Audit Office guest conference presentation to international workshop on Auditing The Performance of Indigenous Programs 2011, on how government agencies engage remote communities.

Conference proceedings held by the Australian National Audit Office

Mapping governance and assessment of government engagement practices in major NT Aboriginal communities

Multiple reports on remote community governance and overarching report, involving participatory research teams, on the qualitative and quantitative burden of engagement government imposes on remote communities.

Housing, Local Government and Regional Services – Northern Territory; Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

2010

Local Government Shire Council's Representative Governance Capacity

Report on the governance capacity in all new remote Northern Territory Shire Councils.

Northern Territory Government

Statistical value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander administrative data

Multiple reports based on community-conducted focus group studies into why people vary in their choice to identify as being of Aboriginal descent. Aggregated findings published: 4726.0 – Information Paper: Perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identification in Selected Data Collection Context, 2011.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

National audit of "FHBH" contract

Performance audit into FaHCSIA's management of the Fixing Houses for Better Health program. Publication: Indigenous Housing Initiatives the Fixing Houses for Better Health program, ANAO Report Number 21.

Australian National Audit Office

2009

Baseline community profiles for closing the gap statistics

Preparation of multiple reports presenting baseline information for all major communities on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. Project involved statistical analysis of administrative data and oversight of community conducted attitudinal surveys.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

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