Understanding Indigenous Australia

Understanding Australia Faculty image - Indigenous person wrapped in map of Australia identifying Indigenous communities; by Christian Thompson, Gods and Kings, 2015; Image courtesy of Michael Reid Gallery
11 January 2023
The popular Understanding Indigenous Australia course is now available for senior APS staff representing Australia internationally.

Our Understanding Indigenous Australia course regularly tops our evaluation lists in terms of participant satisfaction, with consistently more than 90% of respondents stating they strongly agree the course is well-designed, engaging and a worthwhile use of their time.

This two-day, foundation level course builds cultural awareness and prepares officers to engage more confidently on Indigenous issues as part of their diplomatic and representation work internationally.

It is designed for senior staff deploying overseas and is a pre-posting training requirement for heads of mission and post. 

The course is run in conjunction with NIAA and Indigenous facilitators, and consistently receives positive feedback, such as:

  • ‘The course was excellent and I have recommended it to my team. It should be mandatory for everyone.’
  • ‘I think this is an essential course for all senior employees given the amount of representation work and promotion of Australia and our values to the world.’

This course, alongside our Ngunnawal Language and Culture* course, forms the Understanding Indigenous Australia training program which was highly commended in the Australian Institute of Training and Development’s (AITD) annual excellence awards last year.

If you are interested in attending the Understanding Indigenous Australia or Ngunnawal Language and Culture* courses, log in to Lumi, our learning management system, and register today.

If you don’t have a Lumi account, register for one with your .gov.au email address.


*Ngunnawal is the language of the traditional custodians of the land on which DFAT is headquartered in Canberra, Australia.