Indigenous Cultural Awareness (EDHR06)

Who should attend

All Academic and Professional staff

Workshop Overview

Engagement with Indigenous Australia is a key strategic priority under the ANU Strategic Plan 2017‑2021. Cultural awareness training will provide staff with introductory awareness to build broader and deeper relationships and collaborations with Indigenous Australians.

This half-day interactive workshop will provide staff at all levels with an introduction to Indigenous history and culture in Australia, and an opportunity to share and learn stories from personal and work experiences.

Workshop Topics

  • A brief but in depth look at the comparative Black and White history of Australia and how it affects current work practices and Aboriginal people in today’s society
  • How to engage with Aboriginal Communities
  • Communicating effectively with Aboriginal clients  (dos and don’ts)
  • Improving Service Delivery for Aboriginal clients and communities
  • Changing Behaviours with our actions
  • Sharing and learning of stories – personal and work experiences

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand Aboriginal history and culture in Australia
  • Understand how to enhance engagement with Indigenous people through their current workplace practices
  • Recognise the impact of their words and behaviour on Indigenous Australians

Training Facilitator

The presenter, Dave Widders of Widders Consultancy, is an Anaiwan man from Armidale New South Wales (NSW) and is also connected with the Kamilaroi mob of North West NSW (Moree). Dave has worked in Aboriginal communities across Australia from urban, regional and remote areas and has been accepted by the local Aboriginal people respectively. Dave is driven by a passion to make a difference for Aboriginal people and make a push towards a positive reconciliation across the wider community which Dave believes can only happen with a two-way education process.

Testimonials from Previous ANU Participants

“The session was excellent and I am struggling to list only three takeaways.”

 “I got to know the rich culture of the Aboriginal people and now I feel more comfortable about how I can communicate with them.”

 “Key takeaway for me was to be conscious of listening to what the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities want.”

“Being conscientious about the use of language (verbal and non-verbal) regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is vital in my field of work, which is communications.”


$40 per participant

Non-Attendance Fee

The following charges will apply for non-attendance at a workshop with cost unless the registrant nominates a colleague (who meets the eligibility criteria for the course) to attend in their place.

  1. 100% charge:  Notification of cancellation received within 0–5 working days of the workshop date will incur a charge equivalent to 100% of course fees
  2. 50% charge:  Notification of cancellation received within 6–10 working days of the workshop date will incur a charge equivalent to 50% of course fees

Please note that non-attendance due to illness or caring responsibilities will require reasonable evidence to waive the non-attendance fee.


A requirement of the registration process is to discuss and obtain the following from your supervisor:

  1. Approval to attend the training program
  2. Local area charging code


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