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Undergraduate

Indigenous Community Management and Development

Indigenous Community Management and Development Major (BAppSc) - BAppSc(Curtin) - MJRU-INCMD Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Minimum ATAR Not applicable This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
STAT entry Not accepted STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February

You are required to attend four two-week blocks per annum on the Bentley Campus and in regional learning centres when available.

Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

This major is designed for those interested in, or who work in, Indigenous community management and/or development positions.

This major aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates with the knowledge and skills required to bring about effective, culturally appropriate social change in Indigenous services and community settings.

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:

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

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR: Not applicable This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Requirement to pass an interview? Yes.

Other admission options
  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course. See if you're eligible for this scholarship.
  • If you're an indigenous applicant who hasn't met Curtin's minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Admission into this course is only available to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. 

To switch into this course, you need to attend the admissions and information workshop, where you will sit an admissions test and will be required to have an interview.

Other higher education course switcher criteria

Admission into this course is only available to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. 

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to attend the admissions and information workshop, where you will sit an admissions test and will be required to have an interview.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR: Not applicable This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.

Applicants with work and life experience Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

'Experience' includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR: Not applicable This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Available only to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Students who are interested in joining this course need to come along to an admissions and information workshop. At this workshop you will sit an admissions test, have an interview with staff and find out more information about the course. For more information about how to apply, visit the Centre for Aboriginal Studies website.

You are required to attend four two-week blocks per annum on the Bentley Campus and in regional learning centres when available.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,800*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Indigenous Australian Community Program Evaluator
  • Indigenous Australian Project Manager
  • Indigenous Australian Community Development Officer

Why Indigenous Community Management and Development?

  • This course will teach you a range of concepts and skills to enhance your personal and professional development.
  • You will develop culturally-appropriate community development and management skills in the broad areas of Indigenous Terms of Reference, community development, policy processes, community management and program evaluation.
  • High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.