Graduate Research School Workshops and Training RD7003 Elective Workshops Plotting a Course; Knowing Your Tools and How to Use Them

Plotting a Course; Knowing Your Tools and How to Use Them

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Management: Plotting a Course; Knowing Your Tools and How to Use Them

Hosts: ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage and The Cairns Institute

Date: 9:00am–5:00pm, 2 March 2020– 4 March 2020

Venue: The Hub, Hilton Hotel, Cairns

Coordinator: Adjunct Professor Luke Godwin

Facilitator: Professor Sean Ulm


Cultural heritage is central to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity, maintenance and futures. However, this cultural heritage is subject to a range of pressures ranging from development activities directly impacting on tangible cultural heritage to climate change-related sea-level rise impacting on submerged story places. Over the last few decades, cultural heritage management in Australia has grown into a major industry, and is the major employer of archaeology graduates, as well as many law, anthropology and environmental planning graduates.

This masterclass will explore ideas at the cutting edge of theory and method in cultural heritage management, informed by a global perspective but using local case studies from across Australia to inform debate and discussion. As well as providing an introduction to the legislative and regulatory frameworks operating across all levels of government, the program will focus on introducing and evaluating the tools available for working in cultural heritage management.

The aim of this masterclass is to assist participants, technical advisers, lawyers, Aboriginal parties, land managers and planners to better understand cultural heritage management (CHM). It will not produce people who can call themselves cultural heritage managers. Rather, it will aim to equip people working in CHM with a better understanding of the tools (legal, technical and personnel) that exist and how they can draw on those tools to help them make informed decisions about cultural heritage management.


  • Provide an overview of cultural heritage legislation in the eastern States of Australia, Commonwealth legislation and International protocols etc.
  • Identify relevant legislation and how to use it.
  • Explain definitions of significance and their role.
  • Discuss engagement: Why and outcomes.
  • Discuss psychological factors and their impact.
  • Discuss the roles of technical advisers, lawyers, land managers, planners and Aboriginal parties.
  • Recognise the technical tools and how they can be applied.
  • Understand primary, secondary and tertiary management of cultural heritage.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of best practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage management informed by Australian and global contexts.
  • Implement a range of tools, techniques and protocols to inform decisions about cultural heritage management.
  • Communicate cultural heritage issues effectively to a range of audiences.


The masterclass is open to all members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage and all JCU Higher Degree by Research Students (regardless of disciplinary background, stage of candidature, or organisational unit of enrolment). Other participants may attend by invitation.


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About the Instructor

Adjunct Professor Luke Godwin has 40 years of experience in cultural heritage management, with a major focus on NSW, Queensland and South Australia. Godwin has worked both as a private consultant and in government. He has a detailed working knowledge of government processes and legislative requirements, as well as best practice in the field of cultural heritage management. He is currently a director of Central Queensland Cultural Heritage Management. Godwin’s skills and abilities in project design, negotiation, research, analysis and management of both Indigenous and historical cultural heritage are widely recognised. Through his company, he is the senior consulting adviser on cultural heritage issues on numerous major infrastructure and mining projects in Queensland and NSW. His company is preferred service provider in CHM to numerous Aboriginal organisations throughout Queensland, and he advises them about many mining and infrastructure projects. He is currently directly responsible for cultural heritage management and compliance on projects with construction costs or annual profits in excess of $15 billion.


All participants are expected to complete readings prior to attending the workshop. To get the most out of the workshop, participants must read material prior to attending as there will be a presumption of that material in all elements of the workshop.

Location and Logistics

Hilton Cairns, 34 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870 (

Inclusions: Lunch and continual tea, coffee, juices, snacks and fresh fruit throughout the day on 2, 3, 4 March; dinner 4 March. PLEASE ADVISE ANY DIETARY REQUIREMENTS.

Exclusions: Accommodation, breakfast, drinks beyond those included. All participants are to organise their own transport to the venue.

Welcome Function

6:00pm, Monday 2 March 2020. Venue: TBA.

Masterclass Dinner

7:00pm, Wednesday 4 March 2020. Venue: TBA.

Provisional Timetable

The masterclass will be offered as an intensive course. Face-to-face class engagement will comprise lectures, tutorials/seminars and one general debate (totalling 16 hours). The masterclass will take place over three days (Monday to Wednesday). In addition to this, there may be some time for unstructured discussion. Participants will be expected to have prepared for the workshop in advance by reading all recommended material. Participants will be allocated to a tutorial group at the start of the masterclass. Each group will be responsible for leading a tutorial/seminar on three occasions during the workshop. Time will be allocated at the start of the day for each group to prepare for their allocated tutorial/seminar but each group may also decide to find additional time in advance of the tutorial/seminar to consider issues.

All participants will be issued a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the masterclass.


For JCU HDR students, credit towards RD7003 Professional Development is dependent on compliance with requirements set out in the relevant subject outline, including completion of an assessment item. All questions regarding RD7003 requirements should be directed to the Graduate Research School (

For JCU HDR students, completion of the course will require (1) participation on each day of the masterclass and (2) submission of a 4,000 word essay reflecting on the links between the theme/s of the masterclass and the participant’s thesis topic. The essay will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

On completion of the course, JCU HDR candidates will be eligible to count 40 hours towards RD7003 (24 hours of face-to-face contact and 16 hours of recommended reading).

Course Evaluation

We are committed to continuous improvement and to tailoring future sessions to audience needs and expectations. We would appreciate any comments or feedback participants might have to help us achieve this. Following the masterclass, an anonymous survey will be made available for participants to provide their feedback and comments.

Support for Parents and Carers

Carer’s Support Grants are available for eligible participants (and only people affiliated with CABAH) through application to the CABAH Irinjili RT&E Grant Scheme. This scheme supports carer’s (including CABAH CIs, post‐docs and PhD candidates) returning to research after maternity, paternity or carer’s leave, or to enable parents to participate in important conferences, training, fieldwork, or other relevant CABAH activities, with their children (for example, by bringing a carer, hiring a nanny, or paying for additional childcare).