The South Australian Government actively encourages Public Sector employees to participate in Aboriginal cultural awareness training.
These programs can occur in the work place or in a residential community setting where learning Aboriginal culture takes place on Aboriginal country.
The Register of Cultural Awareness Training Providers lists South Australian training providers. All principal presenters are Aboriginal.
The register is updated regularly to ensure information is current and to provide opportunities for emerging Aboriginal businesses in this area. Please note that the organisations self-nominate for listing and the information included is provided by the training providers.
If you are a provider of cultural awareness training and would like to be included on the register, please complete the Register Criteria Form and return to:
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
GPO Box 320
Adelaide SA 5001
Register Criteria Form (80KB)
For more information phone (08) 8226 8900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The list of current trainers includes:
- Aboriginal Access Centre TAFE SA
- Arrilla Indigenous Consultants & Services
- Australian Institute for Loss and Grief
- Australian Institute of Social Relations (Relationships Australia South Australia)
- Bookabee Australia
- Camp Coorong
- Iga Warta Pty Ltd
- Unaipon School Research & Consultancy Group
Aboriginal Access Centre TAFE SA
Level 7/11 Waymouth Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Sandra Hanson, Project Officer:
Phone: 8207 9980
or Marg Mibus, General Manager
Phone: 8226 1024
This Interactive Ochre cultural awareness program is delivered through a partnership of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal presenters at various locations around South Australia where TAFE is situated. Since 1988 Spencer TAFE has been delivering Aboriginal Education courses. The Aboriginal Cultural Awareness programs aids in assisting organisations and people understand life from the perspective of an Aboriginal person. This program covers historical and contemporary issues as well as exploring Aboriginal recruitment and retention matters. The program provides a flexible and responsive learning methodology so that participants can acquire the competencies to be culturally inclusive in undertaking their work (articulation to TAFE Certificate IV).
Arrilla Indigenous Consultants & Services
Ms Shelley Reys AO is the Managing Director of Arrilla; a firm unlike others working in the Indigenous arena. Arrilla is an Indigenous owned and operated consulting firm working across Australia celebrating 21 years of service. Arrilla exists to:
- Promote better relations between Indigenous peoples and the wider community,
- Provide more effective, practical ways of working together, and
- Incorporate Indigenous solutions into mainstream environs with an accent on measurable change.
When appointing Arrilla, you’re making a meaningful contribution to related pursuits in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arena. Their business charter is “to consult our services to clients, so that we may provide them voluntarily to those less able to pay.”
Arrilla’s cultural awareness and competency courses are measurable, practical, and positive experiences. They tailor each workshop to suit your organisational/corporate needs and leave the ‘stock standard’ approach to others.
Australian Institute for Loss and Grief
Formerly-Sacred Site Within Centre (est. 1993)
ABN: 8811 7236 736
The program presented by Aboriginal counselling practitioner, Rosemary Wanganeen, is based upon an especially developed curriculum founded upon loss and grief. The need to expose the impact of historical and contemporary issues, which results in unresolved grief, underpins the context of this cultural awareness program. The program unpacks history and the culture precipitated from policies and legislation which have bred stereotype views. It helps participants understand the major contributing factors to the many social and health issues, and also focuses agencies on improving their service provision responses to Aboriginal clients.
Participants have the option of learning basic effective skills on how to engage and maintain rapport when considering delivery of care. The program can be delivered within any metropolitan area and regional area.
Australian Institute of Social Relations (Relationships Australia South Australia)
The Institute’s Cultural Fitness program challenges notions of white privilege through informed and constructive discussion. Non-Indigenous Australians are encouraged to learn about the impact European invasion has had on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
This workshop unpacks contemporary racism, providing insight into culturally safe workplaces. Our program supports participants with practical steps that enable positive cultural change. This course can be tailored to specific groups and organisations.
Joanne Wilmot, Practice Manager, Aboriginal Programs, Relationships Australia SA is a respected Woka Woka woman from Queensland who has lived in Adelaide for more than 40 years. Jo is a committed advocate for cultural awareness. Her influence in this role has led to the development of programs within Relationships Australia SA specifically designed to support the professional development, career pathways, and cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
Australian Institute of Social Relations RTO 102358 is the training division of Relationships Australia SA.
Phone: 8235 9954
Bookabee Australia has been involved in the development and delivery of cultural awareness training for over 25 years. Its Cultural Sensitivity and Safety Program suits a wide variety of audiences and has received positive feedback from participants.
Bookabee’s trainers use an interactive, relaxed style of delivery when presenting that safely engages participants in a genuine cultural experience. The aim of the experience is to safely and sensitively present information to assist participants to adopt a healthier world view of Aboriginal Australia.
The following topics are usually covered in the training, however the program can be tailored to individual client needs:
- Aboriginal social history and traditions;
- Pre and Post European contact & interaction with Aboriginal society;
- Contemporary Aboriginal perspectives;
- Aboriginal learning and communication styles;
- Impacts of Government policies and the Stolen Generations;
- Cultural Safety in the workplace; and
- Working, Servicing and interacting with Aboriginal People.
Camp Coorong - *closed until further notice*
Phone: 8575 1557
Camp Coorong, an area of about 250 acres near Meningie in the South East of South Australia, was established in 1986 with the aim to share Aboriginal history and culture with non-Aboriginal people. People of all walks of life have spent time at Camp Coorong, many non-Aboriginal people, young people in schools, environmental organisations and various government and community groups. The Trevorrow family have together created a welcoming environment, one where people can talk openly, share their diverse experiences, compare stories and come to understand the true Australian history of Indigenous people. The visitors all experience the land and its ecology, and take away new understandings through finding out about Dreaming stories, medicine plants, Ngarrindjeri law, hunting and gathering food, and the day to day lifestyle of the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal people.
There is no doubt that the experiences at Camp Coorong change people's lives. Their gentle approach in cultural awareness has enabled non-Aboriginal people to recognise the responsibilities of today without shame or guilt and move forward to correct what has happened in the past. In a practical way, Camp Coorong has opened communication between many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and helped remove barriers towards meaningful Reconciliation.
Iga Warta Pty Ltd
Copley SA 5732
Phone: 864 83737
Vince Coulthard & Terrance Coulthard
Iga Warta presents a residential program, offering a unique opportunity to experience Adnyamathanha culture, living, sharing and learning in an Aboriginal community setting in the Northern Flinders Ranges. It is owned, managed and operated by local Aboriginal people. The program comprises journeys sharing the importance of the Muda (Dreaming), through to contact history and the issues that face Aboriginal people in today's society. Participants learn the relevance of Adnyamathanha culture to our everyday lives and how this impacts on the way Aboriginal people interact with the public service. The Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal facilitators have worked together for over 20 years. Iga Warta can tailor journeys and activities to suit your needs, including facilitation at your work site.
Unaipon School Research & Consultancy Group
University of South Australia
Yungondi Building, City West Campus
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 8302 0564
The Unaipon School program combines theory with a focus on its relevance to practice issues facing employees in their day-to-day activities. It allows participants to explore and reflect on their own life experiences as part of a process of developing an understanding of cultural diversity. The program also facilitates development and expansion of knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultures, societies and issues. Programs are delivered at your work site.