Cultural competency (First Nations)

Expanding your knowledge and community engagement practices ensures that you have opportunities to engage with the multiple First Nations Peoples that occupy the many lands in which we work. This will help you to embed First Nations content into practice in a more authentic way.

Gulaay - Indigenous Australian Curriculum & Resources Team

Gulaay provides training, resources, learning materials and cultural immersion experiences to help you comply with the requirements of the Indigenous Australian Content in Courses and Subjects Policy. We also curate the Indigenous Education Strategy Collection of resources and support the Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) for Indigenous Cultural Competence.

Cultural warning

The Division of Learning and Teaching advises First Nations peoples that both the First Nations Cultural Awareness Journey and the Indigenous Cultural Competency Program may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed, in printed and online material, film, websites and audio-visual materials. This journey contains discussions of youth suicide, Death in Custody, and the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander children.

First Nations Cultural Awareness Journey

Along this journey, we explore First Nations peoples' cultural practices, government policies and practices, and the impacts of these on First Nations peoples as a basis for developing skills and enhancing personal and professional practice.

Although you may find this content challenging, confronting, and disturbing at times, it is important to take time to work through the learning places at a pace that you are comfortable with.

Please note: This course is currently only available to Charles Sturt students and staff and can be accessed through Brightspace Discover.

Accessing the program

The First National Cultural Awareness Journey is available for self-enrolment through the Brightspace Learning system. Use the following instructions to enrol.

  • Step 1: Got to the Brightspace home page:
  • Step 2: Log in with your Charles Sturt University username and password.
  • Step 3: Go to the Discover Tab and select First Nations Cultural Awareness Journey.
  • Step 4: Select enrol in the course.
  • Step 5: Select open course.
  • Step 6: Enrol in the group for your study/learning.

This program is available for Charles Sturt staff and students.

Team Based Initiative:

Working with your team to complete the Journey provides an inclusive and supportive environment for learning and a diversity of discussion points along the way.

To organise facilitation and/or debriefing by the Gulaay Team, email

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Indigenous Cultural Competency Program (ICCP) – External participants only

Cultural competence is a continuous process and as a professional, you are often required to maintain, update, or extend your professional practice. You can extend your knowledge of First Nations peoples’ cultures by starting your journey with the Indigenous Cultural Competency Program (ICCP).

Please note: This course is currently available to community members, universities, and external agencies.

This program is estimated to finish in July 2024 and will be replaced with the First Nations Cultural Awareness Journey.

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