Course summary

Southern Cross University’s commitment to Indigenous education is a core principle reflected in programs such as the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Knowledge.

Learning on-Country in a culturally diverse and supportive environment you'll develop a greater understanding of Indigenous knowledge and societies.

With the guidance of Indigenous academics, rangers, scientists and land owners, your studies link to local community aspirations and values, introduce Indigenous beliefs and philosophies, respect Indigenous languages and perspectives, and involve local people.

What's more, you have the opportunity to embrace education processes that help to bridge Indigenous and Western knowledge systems.

This Graduate Diploma may also serve as a precursor to further study.

Students with substantial industry experience, international or domestic students with relevant qualifications or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students may be eligible for advanced standing in this course.


A major aspect of this program is developing an understanding of being and acting in the world from an Indigenous Knowledge framework through learning on-Country.

Students study six core units that include: Connecting with Country, Knowing with Community, Cultures of Repair: People and Environment, The Indigenous Estate and Social Enterprise, Indigenous Research in Context, and Living Knowledge.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems in an Indigenous discipline or area of professional practice with intellectual independence


Engage with Indigenous communities and apply knowledge and skills creatively in response to problems and challenges within an area of Indigenous Knowledge, research and/or professional practice that aligns with community needs, values and cultural expectations

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a well developed understanding of Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Research Methodologies informed by social responsibility, human rights and ethical and legal principles

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous cultural concepts and ways of knowing and being that influence Indigenous cultural settings physically, socially, politically, ecologically and economically. Demonstrate an advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in an Indigenous discipline or area of professional practice

Lifelong learning

Reflect on, assess and regulate your own learning, research capabilities and performance with personal autonomy and accountability

Communication and social skills

Communicate sensitively and appropriately in oral and written forms to demonstrate understanding of theoretical concepts and to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences. Work in collaboration with Elders and in a team to achieve Indigenous community-determined goals

Cultural competence

Apply and integrate an understanding of contemporary social and cultural diversity and Indigenous Knowledge provision that is informed by Indigenous realities, protocols, cultural competence and safety that includes respect for the rights of all persons in Australia and internationally.

Course overview

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Domestic duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

International duration

1 year full-time

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Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Knowledge students must complete 96 credit points, comprising:

  • 8 core units.

Exit Award

Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Indigenous Knowledge after completing 48 credit points, comprising:

  • 4 core units.

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment


Note 1: This unit has a compulsory 4-day residential workshop for on-campus and online students that must be attended in person.
Note 2: This unit has a compulsory 5-day residential workshop for on-campus and online students that must be attended in person.
Note 3: Formal study of this unit is mandatory, with no eligibility for RPL via Advanced Standing.