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National Workshop on Indigenous Cultural Competency in Law

On 11-12 September legal academics and Indigenous support staff from 26 universities together with legal officers from community and government agencies gathered to discuss principles and strategies for incorporating Indigenous cultural competency in legal education at our national workshop.

The workshop started on both days with presentations from Indigenous legal practitioners and educators. These speakers discussed Indigenous cultural competency in teaching and legal practice and provided examples and ideas for embedding it into curriculum. Participants then began by developing principles needed to implement Indigenous cultural competency including what an ideal law program would look like and the critical success factors for achieving this.

On the second day the workshop developed strategies on how to introduce or improve Indigenous cultural competency in legal education. Strategies ranged from the macro of national changes to legal accreditation requirements down to the micro of day-to-day interactions with Indigenous students. Participants then worked on five specific strategies to advance Indigenous cultural competency in curriculum to round out the workshop.

Feedback on the workshop has been very positive, with one participant stating: a " big thanks to … the organisers of the ICCLAP workshop in Melbourne. I really enjoyed the workshop and left feeling inspired and motivated." The ICCLAP Project Team would like to thank everyone who contributed to the workshop and helped to make it a success.

To download the Final Participant Report for this workshop go the resources page.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land and waters. We pay our respects to elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge that these have always been places of knowledge, teaching and learning.


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Marcelle Burns, Project Leader (02) 6773-2686

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Funding Acknowledgement

Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Department for Education and Training. The views expressed by this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Department for Education and Training.