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Indigenous Community Management and Development

Undergraduate major

Make a culturally appropriate, positive community impact.

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  • Qualification
    Indigenous Community Management and Development Major (BAppSc)
  • Credit
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Indigenous Community Management and Development



The Indigenous Community Management and Development major aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the knowledge and skills required to bring about effective, culturally appropriate social change in Indigenous services and community settings.

You will learn about innovative community management practices as well as Indigenous way of working and community development principles.

The course covers six main areas of study:

  • Project management theories and practice
  • Community development processes and practice
  • Policy development and implementation issues
  • Analysis of the main historical, social, political and economic factors and the ways in which they have influenced contemporary Indigenous society
  • Evaluation research
  • Organisational management and governance.

Graduates may qualify for entry into a bachelor degree with honours and some graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master degrees.

What jobs can the Indigenous Community Management and Development Major (BAppSc) lead to?


  • Community engagement officer
  • Policy manager
  • Project manager.


  • Community development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Public relations.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of Indigenous Community Management and Development principles and practices; extend the boundaries of knowledge through research
  • critically analyse the issues related to community management and development to generate positive social change for Indigenous communities
  • research, synthesise and critically evaluate information relevant to the development of sustainable futures for Indigenous communities
  • communicate effectively to negotiate and strengthen ongoing relationships with Indigenous communities and relevant stakeholders
  • use customary and modern technologies; recognising their advantages and limitations when applied to Indigenous Community Management and Development principles and practices
  • utilise the Indigenous experience and knowledge to sustain intellectual curiosity whilst taking responsibility for own learning and ongoing professional development
  • work with consideration of pan-indigenous issues and human rights from a global perspective
  • apply and practise cultural understanding within diverse contexts; maintain culturally appropriate research methodology
  • demonstrate professional behaviour and ethical leadership within a range of multi-disciplinary professions
Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Professional Practices) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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