• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Australian Indigenous Studies, Policy Studies
  • Specialisation code IPDV-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Indigenous Policy and Development Specialisation

Indigenous policy presents significant challenges, requiring specialised understanding and expertise.

With the Indigenous Policy and Development Specialisation you'll learn from the experts, including staff from Australia's leading centre on Indigenous economic and social policy issues - The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR).

You will graduate with an understanding of Indigenous views and approaches to development, and be able to apply them to Indigenous policy and development activities.

Career opportunities

The Indigenous Policy and Development Specialisation will advance your career in development, policy, and program management focusing on Indigenous issues, in government and non-government organisations, Indigenous organisations, or as an independent consultant.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand the history of Indigenous policy and its implications for Indigenous peoples in remote Australia;
  2. Be able to apply Indigenous views and approaches to the development of Indigenous policy and development activities with Indigenous communities;
  3. Gain an understanding of trends and changes in development theory and practice as they apply to Indigenous development processes;
  4. Apply critical social inquiry and participatory processes to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Indigenous development activities;
  5. Undertake social assessments and integrate social perspectives and participatory practices with other forms of technical expertise in Indigenous development work;
  6. Analyse development policy processes of NGOs, the private sector, and government agencies with regard to the inclusion of local Indigenous and community perspectives.
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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

INDG8002 Australian Indigenous Development (Advanced)

INDG8005 Australian Indigenous Policy (Advanced)


12 units from completion of course from the following list:

INDG8001 Australian Indigenous Development

INDG8003 Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing: Demographic and Socioeconomic Change

INDG8004 Australian Indigenous Policy

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