The Indigenous Cultural Competency for Legal Academics Program (ICCLAP) aims to increase the inclusion of Indigenous cultural competency in legal education with a view to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes in law, and developing Indigenous cultural competency in all students, leading 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 project’s objectives are to:

  • Review the current environment for embedding ICC within legal education in Australian higher education institutions.
  • Consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services, key stakeholders and legal academics to identify knowledge gaps and professional development needs for incorporating ICC in law curricula.
  • Develop guiding principles for embedding ICC in legal education, and develop a set of resources to assist legal academics incorporate ICC in legal curriculum.
  • Establish a community of practice of culturally competent legal academics through a consultation process and workshops to support the inclusion of ICC in legal education.

The Project Team believes that to achieve these objectives, we need to engage with a diverse range of legal academics and key organisations to inform the development of the ICCLAP frame-work and materials. We hope that you will participate in the ICCLAP development and training program so that we can make these resources both useful and valuable to inform ICC and legal education into the future.


About the logo

The three faces of the cube represent Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and 'Australian' cultures, with the top square representing the meeting of cultures - both Indigenous and western - in the Australian context. The gap between the squares shows the learning journey between cultures.

The design demonstrates the relationships, the learning journey and the distinct differences between cultures, that the ICCLAP project embraces and respects.

Logo design by iscariotmedia.com

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.


School of Law, University of New England

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.