This Module begins by examining legislative frameworks for Indigenous cultural heritage management across several states: Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory.
This discussion frames a consideration of the adequacy of compliance-based approaches to CHM. CHM is important in negotiating local agreements, including Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs).
We will discuss a range of approaches incorporating varying CH protection levels. We provide a case study, over two lectures, of a sacred site in the NT that was desecrated, despite the existence of an agreement, and the area’s legal designation as a sacred site. You will be tasked to critically engage with this case.
The importance of effective Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholder engagement will be emphasised as well as appropriate and effective approaches for preparing stakeholder engagement plans.
And you will hear from experienced Indigenous social performance practitioner, Vanessa Elliot, on collaboration and codesign in CH management approaches and what cultural heritage means to her.
The issue of cultural awareness training for staff is also briefly considered. The course will also outline the use of risk management tables in CHM plans and the practicalities of preparing a scope of work for a CHM plan.