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Flinders University - Graduate Program

Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers

Contact details: Associate Professor Heather Burke, Director
Phone: 08 8201 3795
Registered Training Organisation: Yes
Training provided in: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and Torres Strait, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Training provided - Accredited courses

Training packageUnit title Unit code
Level 8 ASQA Vocational Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma in Archaeology OR Cultural Heritage Management
Level 9 ASQA Masters Degree (Research or Course Work) in Archaeology OR Cultural Heritage Management


Flinders University staff are experienced in delivering training to Indigenous people.


Key staff include Assoc. Prof. Heather Burke (Director), Dr Alice Gorman, Dr Amy Roberts and Dr Mick Morrison. All hold Doctoral Degrees in archaeology and have extensive industry experience in the fields of historical and Indigenous archaeology, cultural heritage management, native title and Indigenous land and sea management.

Please refer to for more details on individual staff members. The program also benefits from our close relationship with the Department of Archaeology which includes a broader range of specialist staff who routinely teach into the Graduate Program.

Training experience

The Graduate Program in Archaeology has been operating since 2007 and is an extension of the longer-term undergraduate courses in archaeology (since 1980). The program aims to service those who may have existing qualifications or experience but are seeking further accredited training in archaeology and cultural heritage management. The Graduate Program recognises that many Indigenous people have significant experience in diverse areas including on-ground heritage management work, but may lack formal University level academic qualifications. The program openly accept such students into our program by recognising prior learning and we also encourage all Indigenous students enrolled in the programs to seek support from the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre which offers orientation and tutorial assistance.

All staff have long-term experience in delivering archaeology and heritage management training to Indigenous people both informally through on-ground projects and community liaison work, and formally through accredited higher education programs. All staff have ongoing projects with Indigenous communities in various parts of Australia.

Many Indigenous students in the program choose to enrol in one of the Graduate Certificates (four full time topics) which can be later converted into a more advanced degree (Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree). Students in this program can access a broad range of subjects including both generic topics in archaeology and heritage management such as 'Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management', 'Archaeological Field Methods', 'Advanced Field Methods', 'Grants and Sponsorships' and 'Heritage Management Planning'. The program also offers more specialised topics focussing upon Indigenous heritage issues through Rock Art, Indigenous archaeology and Ethnoarchaeology field schools, as well as conventional topics on 'Indigenous Archaeology' and 'Indigenous Heritage Management'. A large proportion of the topics are offered in distance mode or as one to two week intensives. This allows students who have other commitments or who live remotely greater access to the program. As such, it is well suited to Indigenous students in rural or remote locations.

Recent experience

Flinders University has not delivered cultural heritage management training to an Indigenous group, but has delivered training to individual Indigenous students enrolled in degrees, 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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