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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)
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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.

Why study

  • This course will teach you a range of concepts and skills to enhance your personal and professional development.
  • You will develop culturally-appropriate community development and management skills in the broad areas of Indigenous Terms of Reference, community development, policy processes, community management and program evaluation.
  • High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Student profile

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Career information


  • 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

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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Fees & charges

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

How to apply

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Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 4.30pm, except Tues: 9.30am – 4.30pm (AWST). Closed public holidays.
  • Curtin course code: MJRU-INCMD
  • Last updated on: 06/10/2022