Engaging Indigenous Australians

CCA commissioned an Engaging Indigenous Communities  Guide for member organisations to support and build their capacities to engage with their indigenous communities and learners.

The Guide was developed by the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC), shaped by input from CCA members, with funding from the NSW Government. CCA is workshopping the fundamentals underpinning the Guide and exploring its use.

Due to the developing Coronavirus, CCA has cancelled its planned workshop that was due to take place in Barraba NSW on 1 April. We will reschedule the workshop as soon as possible, possibly via an online mode if that is suitable.



The purpose of the workshop will be to:

- Increase participants knowledge and understanding of the issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, past and present; and

- Provide information that will help participants communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The one-day workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to commence their cultural learning journey or build on the skills and knowledge that they already have.


The session will offer an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, models of

cultural practices and strategies to enhance the participants effectiveness for working with

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through building a better understanding of:

  • The impact past policies and practices have had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, people and community;
  • A practical understanding of how culture shapes values, attitudes and behaviours;
  • Broad protocols for community consultation and engagements;
  • The myths in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Tools to assist participants to communicate and work more effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and colleagues; and
  • how to incorporate the Guide into the context of community education providers.

This program is designed to ensure that all local information can be represented throughout the program where appropriate.

All participants will be provided with additional tools and resources to assist them to build their understanding and knowledge for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities.

Please contact CCA if you would like a copy of the Guide or wish to to participate in a future workshop - via email to - education@cca.edu.au.