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Aboriginal cultural heritage management training workshops

Learn how to manage Aboriginal cultural heritage to comply with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. This training is open to Aboriginal people.


First People - State Relations is offering an innovative program for Aboriginal Victorians with an interest or a role in Aboriginal cultural heritage.

This 3-day workshop provides unaccredited training in Aboriginal cultural heritage management.

The workshop introduces:

  • the main themes of Aboriginal cultural heritage management
  • industry requirements
  • how the current cultural heritage legislation works.
  1. Applications for the July and August workshops are now open


  • Topics covered in the workshop

    • What is Aboriginal cultural heritage management?
    • Working with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006External Link
    • Heritage words and meanings
    • Working with cultural materials – introduction to stone artefact technology
    • Understanding and managing Aboriginal scarred trees
    • Job Safety Analysis
    • Simulated field work
    • recording artefact scatters
    • working with isolated artefacts
    • recording scarred trees
    • Working with Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs)
    • A world view of heritage
    • Cultural heritage significance according to the Act
    • Preview of the Certificate IV course: what to expect and where to from here?

    You’ll also receive a preview of the Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management. On completion of this workshop, you can apply to take part in the Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management through La Trobe UniversityExternal Link .

  • This year’s workshops will be modified to accommodate coronavirus (COVID-19) considerations.

    All participants need to consider these carefully and agree to abide by the protocols set. The health and safety of the Aboriginal community are extremely important to all of us.

    The COVID-19 protocols that all participants must follow will include:

    • Completing a coronavirus (COVID-19) self-assessment.
    • Completing the pre-Workshop induction.
    • Completing the Workshop induction.
    • Agreeing to the principals of good hand hygiene, glove wearing (where necessary), mask wearing and practice correct cough etiquette.
    • Agreeing to maintain physical distancing at all times.
    • Voluntary temperature checks.
  • Nominations are open to all Aboriginal people interested in cultural heritage management.

    In particular:

    • field-based officers
    • staff from Registered Aboriginal PartiesExternal Link (RAPs)
    • Victorian Aboriginal community organisations and Traditional Owner groups involved in Aboriginal cultural heritage management
    • people with a working role in heritage assessment, planning and general land management
  • The 3 day workshops are held in July and August 2021.

    Geelong workshop

    Applications open 7 June 2023 and close 10 July 2023

    Workshop dates: 18 - 20 July 2023

    Location: Rydges Hotel, Geelong

    Institute of Advanced Studies, La Trobe University Bundoora workshop

    Applications open 7 June 2023 and close 14 August 2023

    Workshop dates: 22-24 August 2023

    Location: IAS, La Trobe University, Bundoora Melbourne

  • Download and complete the nomination form:

    Submit the form by:



    Christina Pavlides, Manager ACHMT Program

    Department of Premier and Cabinet

    First People - State Relations

    Level 3, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne VIC 3002

    Successful applicants

    You’ll be notified by phone and email a week before the workshops.

Reviewed 16 June 2023

Contact us

First Peoples - State Relations Department of Premier and Cabinet

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