The Indigenous Cultural Competency for Legal Academics Program (ICCLAP) aims to increase the inclusion of Indigenous cultural competency in legal education. This will improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes in law as well as developing Indigenous cultural competency in all students. This will lead to better legal service delivery for Indigenous communities in the long term.
ICCLAP is a cross institutional project involving five universities including the University of New England, University of Technology (Sydney), RMIT University, Australian National University, and Queensland University of Technology. The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
The Indigenous Cultural Competency in Law: Deliberating Future Directions Workshop was held in September 2017 to bring together legal academics and key stakeholders to develop guiding principles and strategies to promote the embedding of ICC in law curricula. Presentations from leading Indigenous lawyers and legal academics were featured at the workshop to stimulate reflection and discussion. The Workshop Final Participant Report (2017) outlines critical success factors and barriers to incorporating ICC in curriculum, together with guiding principles and priorities for action to incorporate ICC in legal education.
The ICCLAP Final Report was released by the Department of Education and Training in June 2019. The report outlines the project’s aims and objectives, literature review and research process, together with key findings including guiding principles for embedding ICC in legal education, and suggested content for curriculum. The report is available at https://ltr.edu.au/resources/ID14-3906_Burns_FinalReport_2019.pdf
Universities Australia (UA) have renewed its’ commitment to support Indigenous student success with the recent launch of its Indigenous Strategy 2017-2020, developed in consultation with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC).Read more
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Department for Education and Training. The views in this project do not necessary reflect the views of the Australian Government Department for Education and Training.
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