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Cultural Governance & Indigenous Engagement
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Cultural Governance & Indigenous Engagement

2-Day Training Course. A specialist course for those charged with the development & delivery of a realistic way forward for cultural governance & indigenous engagement programs

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Emerging policies linking project approvals to cultural heritage and Indigenous engagement requirements
  • Pragmatic approaches to compensation in the absence of legal definition
    Corporate objectives for Indigenous engagement programs to better focus on outcomes
  • Current best practice models that can be incorporated into future negotiations
  • Review approaches to Indigenous governance structures to ensure better program delivery and skills transfer
  • Consider the level of company involvement in program delivery to minimise risk and adverse outcomes but build community capability
    Review the use of trusts, foundations and other structures to improve equity and financial accountability
  • Understand the resources required to implement successful engagement programs
  • Develop an understanding of Government programs and how to avoid ‘cost shifting’

About the Course

This course will begin by examining current practices in regard to effectively addressing Native Title and cultural heritage matters and the development of sustainable Indigenous relationships and how to avoid some of the pitfalls.

Specific sessions will consider topics such as cross cultural negotiation, options for infrastructure projects, government involvement, compensation and benefit packages and building community capability.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Governance structures
  • Financial accountability models
  • Training and employment programs
  • Indigenous business development
  • Community development
  • Health and education initiatives
  • Government interaction
  • Cultural awareness programs

The course will conclude by reflecting, considering and establishing methodologies for measurable outcomes in the future of Indigenous engagement.

The aim is to provide insights and pathways forward for those wanting to make a difference.

Who Will Benefit

Those already engaged in development and implementation of cultural heritage and Indigenous engagement programs as well as those involved in the negotiation of Native Title and land use agreements.

The course is aimed at those who want practical and pragmatic advice to deal with or understand the interaction between development projects and Indigenous people’s rights


“Over the years I have attended many training courses provided by [Informa Corporate Learning]. I have always found the course content to be relevant and accurate and the course facilitators to be leaders in their field.”
Analyst, Eni Australia Ltd.

Terms & Conditions

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Course Outline

Cultural heritage procedure review

  • Historical review and the emergence of aboriginal Cultural Heritage Protection and Native

Title laws

  • The current legislative structure and requirements
  • Overlapping State/Territory and commonwealth jurisdictions
  • Linkages with environmental and social impact assessments
  • Heritage surveys, methodologies, protocols, conduct and control
  • Ethnographic and archaeological surveys differences and similarities
  • Understanding the roles and relationships of those involved

Developing inter-relationships with Native Title and cultural heritage processes Cross-cultural negotiation

  • Review
  • Options for infrastructure projects
  • Government involvement
  • Compensation and benefit packages

Future trends in cultural heritage and Native Title

  • Prescribed Bodies Corporate and their role in the negotiation and implementation of Native Title agreements
  • Consent determinations or litigation – what role will State and Territory governments play
  • The future for State/Territory based future act regimes
  • The increasing significance of cultural heritage protection and the need for political action

Indigenous governance protocol

  • Foundation and history encouraging Indigenous governance
  • Governance structures
  • Financial accountability models
  • Training and employment programs

Indigenous engagement initiatives

  • Indigenous business development
  • Community development and capability building
  • Health and education Initiatives
  • Government interaction
  • Cultural awareness programs

Examining and interpreting key case studies

Throughout the course the presenter will examine various Native Title, heritage and governance cases with which he was involved.

These cases will be used to illustrate the different approaches that can be used to address Native Title and heritage concerns and ‘the way forward’ with pragmatic approaches to governance.

Questions and responses on Native Title, cultural heritage issues and engagement programs will be workshopped.

Value proposition

  • An interactive format to encourage participants to share their experiences
  • Numbers will be limited to ensure everyone has the opportunity to contribute
  • Open discussion on both positive and negative outcomes to assist in the formulation of better programs
  • An opportunity to expand a network of colleagues working in the field

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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