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Australian National University - Graduate Program and the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts

Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers

Contact details: Dr Sally May / Dr Sandy Blair
Email: /
Phone: 02 6125 5887 / 0419 447 372
Registered Training Organisation: No
Training provided in: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and Torres Strait, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Training provided

Non-accredited training delivered
Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts (IPPHA)
  • Principles of cultural heritage management (Burra Charter basics)
  • Legislation
  • Management planning - process & key steps
  • Developing conservation and management strategies
  • Site recording and documentation
  • Recording oral history
  • Mapping skills and techniques
  • Caring for cultural heritage objects and remains
  • Setting up consultations about heritage with appropriate stakeholders
  • Assessing significance
  • Identifying management issues
  • Identifying and recording evidence of threats and deterioration
  • Identifying and describing cultural materials
  • Monitoring cultural places
  • Rock art conservation
  • Using databases to manage cultural information
  • Identification and management of cultural landscapes
  • World heritage - preparing nominations, site management, monitoring, etc.
  • Managing small museums/keeping places/cultural centres
  • Design of exhibitions
  • Physical conservation for sites (including historic sites)
  • Undertaking research relating to the management of tangible and intangible cultural heritage

In addition, any of the IPPHA training modules listed under accredited courses can be offered in non-accredited mode.

Training provided - Accredited courses

Australian National University - Graduate Program
Unit title Unit code
Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts (Cultural & Environmental Heritage) 6060XCEH
Master of Liberal Arts (Cultural and Environmental Heritage) 7127XCEH
Master of Liberal Arts (Cultural and Environmental Heritage)(Honours) 7128XCEH

Courses in development

The IPPHA is currently developing a set of training modules for Indigenous groups and land management organisations that are designed to link to particular accreditation units within the Conservation and Land Management and Tourism Industry Training Packages. The modules are taught in intensive mode anywhere from 3 - 12 days duration. In most cases the ANU would partner with local RTOs to deliver the assessable component, where the ANU would provide the expert trainers and the local RTO the assessment and support components. The ANU is also continuing to explore opportunities for partnerships with RTOs to assist in delivering its programs nationally.

The training modules that IPPHA are developing are:

Module title Duration
Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management 3 days
Developing a Cultural Heritage Management Plan 5 days
Looking after Cultural Heritage Sites: Planning and Implementing Site Management 5 days
Monitoring and Maintenance of Cultural Heritage Sites 4 days
Rock Art Site Monitoring and Maintenance 4 days
Recording Rock Art Sites in the Field 4 days
Management and Interpretation of Indigenous Heritage Sites With Public Access 4 days
Presenting Rock Art Sites to the Public: Skills Development for Indigenous Guides 3 days
Developing Indigenous Heritage Information Management Systems 2 days
Reporting on Aboriginal Heritage Place Identification, Protection and Management 5 days
Training course in Indigenous Heritage Site Management 12 days


The Australian National University delivers training through a partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and trainers are experienced in delivering training to Indigenous people.


The Australian National University has extensive experience in providing training in cultural heritage management engaging people with suitable qualifications and experience. The ANU offers an accredited graduate program in cultural and environmental heritage alongside a range of tailored training packages for Indigenous communities through the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts (IPPHA).

As part of the Graduate Program, individuals can take courses/field schools in areas such as: rock art, best practice in managing heritage places, physical conservation, world heritage, cultural landscapes, and key concepts in cultural and environmental heritage. Students in this program also have the opportunity to undertake internships with organisations around Australia (and the world) including Kakadu National Park. Please see the website for further information.

Staff teaching into these programs include: Sally May, Sandy Blair, Sharon Sullivan, Michael Pearson, Jane Harrington, Nicholas Hall, Pip Giovanelli, Howard Morphy, and Melissa Marshall.

The IPPHA offers courses on cultural heritage management to Indigenous organisations, generally by arrangement. Some of these modules are fully developed and have been previously delivered. Others are in development and would be developed further in conjunction with particular local host organisations. Some of the modules will also be offered over time as part of IPPHA's scheduled professional development courses. Upcoming courses can be viewed at All the programs offered by the IPPHA are provided by leading industry trainers and suitably qualified experts in cultural heritage management. The IPPHA sources and selects suitable trainers for each of its programs which may or may not be regular staff of the University.

Training experience

ANU staff have extensive experience in delivering training to Indigenous people, from very remote areas such as in West and East Arnhem Land and the Western Desert, to locations in southern and eastern Australia. The staff are familiar with on-site practical training, using appropriate methods for different cultural settings, different gender groups and for groups who speak very little or no English.

The ANU is very experienced in working through issues of managing intellectual property associated with land and heritage management, documenting heritage sites using traditional and digital methods, developing cultural heritage plans in partnership with local Indigenous groups and building practical skills for heritage management in the field.

Staff associated with the Graduate Program and IPPHA have individually up to 40 years of experience working full time in cultural heritage management from field practice to leading and managing land management and cultural heritage organisations. Programs offered by staff have included short workshop style programs and up to 14 day on-site courses for Indigenous people presented jointly with a host Aboriginal organisation.

Recent experience

The Australian National University has delivered cultural heritage management training to an Indigenous group within the last 12 months (valid at June 2013).

PLEASE NOTE: The Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers is provided for information only. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities does not endorse or recommend any listed training provider on the Register or warrant that any providers are suitable or appropriately qualified. Organisations should conduct their own procurement processes before choosing or engaging a trainer. Information on the Register is as provided by the listed training providers.

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