Short course

Advanced Indigenous Development Approaches - 5 day course

University of Queensland - Institute for Social Science Research: 
Long Pocket Precinct, Indooroopilly
Course Commencement Date
03 Dec 2018

This five-day intensive short course will support staff working in Indigenous Affairs and Social Services to build their proficiency to work developmentally. Participants will develop skills in place-based approaches, locally-led decision making, frontline leadership, institutional brokering, and adapting to complexity.

Key topics covered in this course include:

  • Place-based and locally-led approaches
  • Cultural competency in relationships
  • Advanced participatory methods
  • Strengthening community governance
  • Conflict resolution
  • Strengths-based and problem-driven approaches
  • Gendered analysis
  • Political economy stakeholder analysis
  • Adaptive program logics and complexity
  • Data-driven monitoring and evaluation
  • Personal challenges and coping strategies

Participants benefit from a teaching style that reflects the application of theory to practice, and focuses on skills development. Using a case-study approach, participants develop new capabilities to tackle real world issues and dilemmas. They study and critically analyse current development challenges, and consider how these lessons can be applied to their own challenges.

Who should attend?

The course is beneficial for government staff at all levels, and for staff working with NGOs, Indigenous organisations, mining companies or other private sector employers. Many of the case studies are drawn from remote Indigenous communities, while others look to disadvantaged urban localities, country towns and international development. Participants also bring their own experiences and knowledge, which we draw on to maximise relevance.


Course Cost
Standard rate 10 days prior to course $2,750 (discounts available for Indigenous organisations, groups and students)
Course Contact Person
Sue York
Course Contact Email