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Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies

Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies
6 months full-time
Curtin Perth


Gain understanding in cultural diversity and the ways of Indigenous Australians, communities and organisations.

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This course is for those working or intending to work with Indigenous Australian people. Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies (IACS) offers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the cultural diversity and ways of Indigenous Australians, communities and organisations.

It examines the cultural, social, economic and political contexts and issues confronting Indigenous Australian people. The dynamic and complex environment in which Indigenous Australian people are positioned is considered through an Indigenous Australian perspective.

All the units in this major are underpinned by principles of social justice and are informed by emergent Indigenous Australians critical theory. They are highly recommended to students interested in a professional career working alongside Indigenous Australians.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Enhance your knowledge, competence and skills for culturally appropriate practice with diverse Indigenous Australian groups, communities and organisations.
  • Examine issues confronting Indigenous Australian people in contemporary society.
  • Tailor your learning to suit your needs by choosing from a wide range of specialist topics.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • This Graduate Certificate value-adds to most undergraduate degree courses particularly in areas like humanities, health and social sciences.
  • Students enhance their knowledge, competence and skills for culturally appropriate practice with diverse Indigenous Australian groups, communities and organisations.
  • An understanding of Indigenous issues on a national and local level is explored which will give you a solid foundation for embarking on research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Career information

The multi-disciplinary approach makes the course relevant when dealing with issues concerning cultural management.

If you are looking at working in industries that involve working with Indigenous communities such as in mining, education or health, a well-rounded understanding of cultural and community protocols will be considered favourably by employers.

What you'll learn

  • work in culturally appropriate ways and apply cultural protocols and Indigenous Cultural competencies as defined by the Centre for Aboriginal Studies that acknowledge, empower and develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ rights to fairness, social justice and human rights.
  • critically analyse and reflect on issues of cultural significance in order to work effectively with Indigenous Australian people and Indigenous communities
  • select, evaluate and integrate information from various sources which is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives
  • implement best practice and culturally appropriate ways of working when communicating with Indigenous people
  • apply self-directed learning strategies and reflect critically on your life-long learning in partnership with Indigenous peoples
  • contextualise and evaluate local and national Indigenous issues alongside international pan-Indigenous issues and the impact of globalisation
  • understand the complexity and diversity of Australian Indigenous cultures, perspectives, identities, spiritual beliefs and their relationships with one another and apply understanding to professional practice
  • work collaboratively and ethically with Indigenous people recognising Indigenous organisational structures and using best practice models

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree or equivalent. Those with other qualifications, experience and expertise will be considered for admission, but may be required to complete additional foundation units.

Students studying Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies as their primary major in the Bachelor of Arts will study their first year with the Media, Culture and Creative Arts First Year Stream.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $9,200*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Last updated on: June 29, 2022