Lionel has provided advice to successive governments in Victoria on measures to improve education and training opportunities for Koorie people in Victoria, and has played a prominent role in promoting Indigenous education and training issues at a local, State and National level.
Lionel has been instrumental in formalising the key policies and strategies in Koorie education including the Partnership in Education: Koorie Education Policy (1990), the Koorie 2000 strategy, the Yalca policy (2001), the Wurreker (2000) strategy and the Wannik strategy (2008).
As a member of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples Training Advisory Council, Lionel was involved in the development of “Partners in a Learning Culture” which has been accepted by all State and Territory Governments. In 1998 Lionel co-authored “Making a difference: The impact of Australia’s Indigenous education and training policy” with Chris Robinson for the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
In 2008 VAEAI hosted the World Indigenous Peoples Conference: Education (WIPC:E), with Lionel Bamblett as Executive Director. Over 3,000 delegates, representing hundreds of Indigenous nations, travelled from 23 countries to attend the conference.