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UQ Culture and Heritage Unit - School of Social Science, University of Queensland

Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers

Contact details: Dr. Andrew Sneddon, Director
UQ Culture and Heritage Unit - School of Social Science, University of Queensland
Phone: 07 3365 3309
Registered Training Organisation: No
Training provided in: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and Torres Strait, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia

Training provided

Non-accredited training delivered
  • Principles of cultural heritage management (Burra Charter basics)
  • Setting up consultations about heritage with appropriate stakeholders
  • Legislation
  • Management planning - process & key steps
  • Identifying management issues
  • Developing conservation and management strategies
  • Identifying and recording evidence of threats and deterioration
  • Rock art conservation
  • Site recording and documentation
  • Identifying and describing cultural materials
  • Recording oral history
  • Monitoring cultural places
  • Mapping skills and techniques
  • Caring for cultural heritage objects and remains
  • Using databases to manage cultural information
  • Assessing significance


The UQ Culture and Heritage Unit delivers training through a partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous trainers and staff are experienced in delivering training to Indigenous people.


The University of Queensland's Culture & Heritage Unit (UQCHU) is a commercial arm of the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. The UQCHU has operated for almost 15 years and in that time has carried out several hundred commercial consultancies in the fields of archaeology and anthropology for clients in both the public and private sectors.

The UQCHU draws on specialists from a diverse range of disciplines including archaeology, anthropology, history and cultural resource management. The Unit's team members have all worked with Aboriginal communities to identify places of cultural significance and to devise appropriate management responses in consultation with them.

The team includes:

UQCHU also draws on other teaching staff and post-graduate students with teaching experience as required.

Training experience

The Cultural and Heritage Unit has a proud history of educational engagement with Indigenous Australians within the School. The Unit works with the UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit to attract and educate Aboriginal students from across Australia. Areas of speciality include Aboriginal archaeology, anthropology and native title. Unit staff have particular skills in the field of archaeological methodology and theory and the management of overlapping natural and cultural heritage values.

All members of the team have worked with Aboriginal Australians in cultural heritage management, sharing knowledge in both formal and informal contexts. In addition to demonstrated skills in teaching at tertiary level, team members have experience in training non-academic (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) audiences in both the private and public sectors. Recent experience includes training workshops for the Murray Catchment Management Authority.

All the Unit's team members have skills in course development and delivery. The team has skills in the remote delivery of training and education resources (web-based teaching). In addition to experience in training in the areas of archaeological excavation and artefact analysis, team members have conducted workshops, tutorials and seminars in broader cultural heritage management issues, including heritage law and the 'co-management' of places that embody both natural and cultural heritage values.

Recent experience

The UQ Culture & Heritage Unit 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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