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TAFE NSW - Western Institute

Contact details: Richard Ingham
Phone: 02 6393 2626
Registered Training Organisation: Yes
Training provided in: New South Wales

Training provided - Accredited courses

Training packageUnit title Unit code
Conservation & Land Management
- Certificate II
Maintain cultural places AHCILM201A
Record information about country AHCILM203A
Conservation & Land Management
- Certificate III
Propose appropriate use of traditional customs AHCILM301A
Provide appropriate information on cultural knowledge AHCILM302A
Conservation & Land Management
- Certificate IV
Inspect and monitor cultural places AHCLPW403A
Protect places of cultural significance AHCILM401A
Record and document community history AHCILM404A
Report on place of potential cultural significance AHCILM402A
Conservation & Land Management
- Diploma
Develop conservation strategies for cultural resources AHCILM502A
Develop strategies for Indigenous land or sea management AHCILM504A
Implement natural and cultural resource management plans AHCLPW505A
Manage restoration of cultural places AHCILM503A
Conservation & Land Management
- Advanced Diploma
Review land management plans and strategies AHCBUS602A
Forest and Forest Product Industry
- Certificate III
Plan burning activities natural and cultural resource management FPINCR033A


TAFE NSW Western Institute delivers training through a partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and trainers are experienced in delivering training to Indigenous people.


The team has the following relevant qualifications and experience:

Training experience

TAFE NSW - Western Institute has extensive experience in the delivery of training to Indigenous students: in 2010, 7,146 Indigenous students received training. It is committed to providing knowledge and skills for life and career pathways for Indigenous people. Training is customised to jointly ensure Indigenous people are industry-specific ready across all levels in a cultural affirming learning environment. This commitment to excellence in Aboriginal education was formally recognised with Western Institute winning the 2007 and 2008 GILI Awards for its contribution to training and education in Aboriginal communities.

Specifically since 2000, Western Institute has been delivering conservation and land management, and cultural heritage management training to Indigenous students both face to face and by distance education. The courses range from Certificate II level through to Diploma and have been delivered to students predominantly spread across NSW, with several students in other parts of Australia, and have been tailored to suit the individuals' requirements. Western Institute trainers consider the cultural differences that influence Indigenous students' learning styles and incorporate these into the training and assessment process to ensure the best chance of success for all students.

Approaches include supporting students 'away from base' in block release situations, using group work and assessments, and action learning where students learning experiences are focused on community projects and real life situations.

Recent experience

TAFE NSW - Western Institute has delivered cultural heritage management training to an Indigenous group within the last 12 months (valid at October 2011).

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