Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Management: Plotting a Course: Knowing Your Tools and How to Use Them

    Graduate Research Professional Development Masterclass

    Start 02 March 2020, 8:30am
    End 04 March 2020, 5:00pm

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Management:

    Plotting a Course: Knowing Your Tools and How to Use Them

    Graduate Research Professional Development Masterclass

    02 - 04 March 2020 | Hilton Cairns | 34 The Esplanade

    Instructor: Professor Luke Godwin | Facilitator: Distinguished Professor Sean Ulm

    REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-cultural-heritage-management-registration-79299026523

    The Masterclass:

    Cultural Heritage is central to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity, maintenance and futures. However, this cultural heritage is subject to a range of pressures ranging from development activities directly impacting on tangible cultural heritage to climate change-related sea-level rise impacting on submerged story places. Over the last few decades, cultural heritage management (CHM) in Australia has grown into a major industry, and is the major employer of archaeology graduates, as well as many law, anthropology and environmental planning graduates.

    This masterclass will explore ideas at the cutting edge of theory and method in cultural heritage management, informed by a global perspective but using local case studies from across Australia to inform debate and discussion. As well as providing an introduction to the legislative and regulatory frameworks operating across all levels of government, the program will focus on introducing and evaluating the tools available for working in cultural heritage management. 

    About the Instructor:

    Adjunct Professor Luke Godwin has 40 years of experience in cultural heritage management, with a major focus on New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. He has a detailed working knowledge of government processes and legislative requirements, as well as best practice in the field of cultural heritage management (CMH). He is currently a Director of Central Queensland Cultural Heritage Management. Godwin’s skills and abilities in project design, negotiation, research, analysis and management of Indigenous and historical cultural heritage are widely recognised. He is the senior consulting adviser on cultural heritage issues on numerous major infrastructure and mining projects in QLD and NSW.


    • Provide an overview of cultural heritage legislation in the eastern states of Australia, Commonwealth legislation and International protocols.
    • Identify relevant legislation and how to use it.
    • Explain definitions of significance and their role.
    • Discuss engagement: why and outcomes.
    • Discuss psychological factors and their impact.
    • Discuss the roles of technical advisers, lawyers, land managers, planners and Aboriginal parties.
    • Recognise the technical tools and how they can be applied.
    • Understand primary, secondary and tertiary management of cultural heritage.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Understand the principles of best practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage management informed by Australian and global contexts.
    • Implement a range of tools, techniques and protocols to inform decisions about cultural heritage management.
    • Communicate cultural heritage issues effectively to a range of audiences.

    Professional Development:

    The three day masterclass will be offered as a face-to-face intensive course, comprising lectures, tutorials/seminars and one general debate (16 hours). Participants are expected to have prepared for the workshop in advance by reading all recommended material.  

    Students who successfully complete the course will be credited 40 hours of professional development towards RD7003 requirements. Credit is dependent on:

    1. Participation in each day of the masterclass; and
    2. Submission of a 4000 word essay reflecting on the links between the theme/s of the masterclass and the participant’s thesis topic.


    The masterclass is open to all members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage and all JCU Higher Degree by Research Students (regardless of disciplinary background, stage of candidature, or organisational unit of enrolment). Other participants may attend by invitation.

     Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-cultural-heritage-management-registration-79299026523

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