VIEN - Cultural Compentence Program

Indigenous Curriculum Co-development 

Cultural Competence Program


 Registration is closed for this event


April 29, 2019
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM


Brunton Avenue


Full Registration
$350  (inc GST)

Cost includes program materials, morning tea, and lunch.



As parking in the area is mainly 1 and 2 hour, we recommend that participants use public transport. CSE is a 5 minute walk from trams and trains.



The CSE/VIEN Indigenous Cultural Competence and Curriculum Co-Development Project comprises a series of Professional Learning/Workshops events, providing teachers and schools the opportunity to learn from an Indigenous expert in a particular field and then workshop collaboratively with the expert and other teachers.


In 2019, the Curriculum Co-development Project will focus initially on the Arts, Sciences, Humanities and Mathematics, as well as providing programs to enhance the Cultural Competency of schools and their staff. Each event combines the opportunity for teachers to build their understanding of First Australian knowledges, histories and perspectives with practical, hands-on workshops.


The Curriculum Co-development Project will assist teachers to implement the required Indigenous education elements in the Australian Curriculum. It will equip them to engage with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures Cross-Curriculum Priority. Guided by First Australian experts in their respective fields, teachers can be confident that materials produced are both culturally respectful and pedagogically aligned to the wider learning priorities of their school.




Cultural Competence is much more than awareness of cultural differences. It is the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. Within Australia, of critical importance for the learning of all, is that schools and their teachers are culturally competent, culturally responsive and provide culturally safe environments for all students. We have a special responsibility to contribute to Australia’s reconciliation and equity agendas in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.


Culture competence, safety and responsiveness not only are vitally important for the learning outcomes and sense of belonging by young First Australians, but we also contribute very significantly to reconciliation and equity when we ensure all children have a deeper understanding of the rich and long history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.


Gina Milgate is a descendent – on her mother’s side - of the Kamilaroi Nation in North Western NSW and descendent – on her father’s side - of the Wiradjuri Nation in Central Western NSW, Australia.


Gina has over a decade of experience and expertise in Indigenous education, educational research and development, community engagement, professional learning, leadership development, and project management. She is also an academic in strategic management, organisational behaviour, and marketing.


Gina is passionate about using rights-based and strengths-based approaches to empower governments, organisations, communities, and individuals to make a positive difference and create meaningful change with Indigenous Peoples.


In 2014, she was named University of New England Alumni Achiever of the Year for contributions to Indigenous education and communities across Australia.



This  workshop is a collaboration between CSE and VIEN



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