WEL429 Indigenous Australian Practice for Human Service Workers (8)

Understanding processes of colonisation and decolonisation, particularly in relation to policy and practice within Human Services, are central features of this subject, and will enable students to work effectively with Indigenous Australians. This focus on Human Services practice will be guided by the worldviews and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, including their experiences of racism and discrimination in accessing services. The subject includes an overview of national Australian Indigenous issues pertinent to Human Services, and will equip students to respond effectively, using protocols of the community/ies in which they will undertake Human Services work.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: WEL429. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Social Work and Arts

Assumed Knowledge

IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities, or equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply decolonising frameworks of practice, including `thinking, doing and being', from an Indigenous Australian perspective;
  • be able to articulate Indigenous Australian worldviews for use in Human Services practice;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and respect for Indigenous Australian cultures while undertaking Human Services work;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of colonisation and its impact on Indigenous Australian peoples, families and communities, when undertaking Human Services work;
  • be able to articulate, within Human Services practice, the significance of Australian Aboriginal heritage and culture in contributing to the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians; and
  • be able to effectively apply proficiency in the use of Indigenous Australian protocols, when undertaking Human Services work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical frameworks of Human Services practice within Indigenous Australian communities
  • Racism and Discrimination towards Indigenous Australians within Australian Human Services
  • Colonisation and its impact on Indigenous Australians
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' perceptions of wellbeing
  • Decolonisation and emerging frameworks of Australian Human Services practice
  • Australian Human Services Policy and Practice related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Cross cultural issues/worldviews in Australian Human Services
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Protocols that are necessary for Human Services work
  • Working with Indigenous Australian groups and organisations in the execution of effective Human Services work

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of WEL429 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Developing a community portfolio
Essay/case study

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.