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Curtin University
Centre For Aboriginal Studies

Indigenous Community Management and Development Program

The Indigenous Community Management and Development Program (ICMDP) is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who want to contribute to positive and culturally-appropriate change in their community.

Students will learn about innovative community management practices as well as Indigenous ways of working and community development principles.

The course covers five main areas of study:

  1. Project management theories and practice,
  2. Community development processes and practice,
  3. Policy development and implementation issues,
  4. Analysis of the main historical, social, political and economic factors and the ways in which they have influenced contemporary Indigenous society.
  5. Evaluation research.

The course is available as a two-year Associate Degree or as a three-year Bachelor of Applied Science. Students who excel in the Bachelor program may be eligible to do a further research year.

The course is delivered by block release, where students come to Curtin University's Bentley campus for seven fortnight-long intensive sessions each year. The remainder of the students' time will be spent working and studying in their home communities.

How to Apply

Students who are interested in joining this course need to come along to an admissions and information workshop usually held each November/December in Perth, Darwin and Cairns. At this workshop you will sit an admissions test, have an interview with ICMDP staff and find out more information about the course.

Find out more

Information workshops for this course are held in various cities each year, between the months of November and January. To find out where and when the next workshop is near you, please call CAS on (08) 9266 7091.