IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures: Assessment 4 Professional Planning Document Answer

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Charles Sturt University

IKC101 - Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Assessment item 4 - Professional Planning Document 

Value: 30% 

Length: 1200 words 


Your final assessment task for IKC101 requires you to consider your previous learning across each module of the subject and apply it to an Expression of Interest. Each assessment task has asked you to reflect on and critically analyse specific elements of your standpoint through your engagement with the learning activities: that is, the social, institutional, and historical factors and forces that influence knowledge. For this task you will take the role of an individual applying to lead the project described for the organisation you have selected from the options below. 

Choose one organisation only: 

Business (http://www.supplynation.org.au/) - Supply Nation was established in 2009 and "works with partners, members, Certified Suppliers, and Registered Businesses to achieve its vision of a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous enterprise sector." Our company aims to secure a contract with Qantas to provide locally sourced bush tucker for all of their regional flights within NSW. We are a well–established brand who currently supply catering items to businesses throughout NSW, Victoria and the ACT. We will consult and work with local Indigenous communities, businesses and entrepreneurs to enable this vision to be realised in a respectful and sustainable way. We are recruiting a project manager to lead this initiative. 

Graphic design and advertising (http://www.gilimbaa.com.au/) - Gilimbaa are "a full service creative agency specialising in strategic and connected communication. [They] are driven by the power and process of storytelling and the role this plays in the education and celebration of culture and community." Our business has been engaged by a non-Government organisation to create a logo and associated branding related to their new services and building in Dubbo. We are recruiting a project officer to lead this initiative, which will reflect the strength and resilience of the local communities. The project officer will consult with local Indigenous community members, and organisations, and will work with an artist from the region to realise this project. We are recruiting a project manager to lead this initiative. 

Performing Arts (http://www.bangarra.com.au/)- The Indigenous Dance Project aims to provide Wiradjuri secondary students with the opportunity Bangarra "is an Aboriginal and Torres 

Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for ... powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design." to participate in an arts and cultural program that develops professional pathways for young people, and strengthens their connections with local community and peers. Students will receive artistic mentorship in dance, cultural knowledge and performance skills. It will be led by accomplished contemporary Indigenous dancers from BangarraWe are recruiting a project manager to lead this initiative. 

Education - (http://www.murrischool.qld.edu.au/) The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Independent School was “established in 1986 with an aim to promote the development of Indigenous students as independent and skilled people who are culturally, morally and socially responsible, employable, and capable of self-fulfillment and of contributing to society.” Yungartilla is a newly accredited independent K-12 school on the NSW north-coast region that is implementing an initiative to encourage high level engagement between Indigenous parents and Yungartilla teachers. Twelve out of the 15 teachers employed by the school are non-Indigenous and comprise eight (8) new graduates and four (4) highly experienced teachers. The aim of the project is to establish a mutual channel so that Indigenous students of the school receive culturally relevant curriculum, and to build trust and rapport between parents and teachers. We are recruiting a project manager to lead this initiative. 

Science - (https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/ water/plans-programs/state-significant-projects/nimmie-caira) The Nimmie-Caira Project is a "significant water saving project for NSW ... aims to balance the environmental and Aboriginal cultural heritage protection with commercial use so as to create an asset for the local community and the Murray-Darling Basin". Our organisation is recruiting a lead project officer who will work collaboratively with key stakeholders focusing on the Long Term Land Management Plan component of the project. We are recruiting a project manager to lead this initiative. 

Health (http://naccho.org.au/) - The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is "the national peak body for Aboriginal health. In 1997, the Federal Government funded NACCHO to establish a Secretariat in Canberra [this] increased the capacity of Aboriginal Peoples involved in [Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services] to participate in In order to close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia, a pilot program has been established. This program will employ Indigenous Community Health workers in targeted locations across Australia. The Community Health workers will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with the local community they are working in and for, in order to facilitate improved health outcomes for that community. We are recruiting a project manager to lead this national health policy development". initiative. 

Social work / Social Welfare - (https://uniting.org/services/foster- care) Uniting Burnside "offers a range of short and long-term care options for young people, including foster care, guardianship and adoption." Our organisation is recruiting a lead project officer to expand our services into Western NSW. The project will recruit and support carers and staff throughout the region to provide tailored support to children and young people in Out-Of-Home Care. We are recruiting a project manager to lead this initiative. 

Agricultural Science/Veterinary Science/ Equine Science - (https://www.kapco.com.au/)Kimberley Agricultural and Pastoral Company (KAPCO) in Western Australia is a major player in northern Australia’s cattle industry and has just taken over Myroodah Station near Fitzroy Crossing. KAPCO is owned by a syndicate of traditional owner groups in the Kimberley region. Since securing Myroodah Station KAPCO has increased the herd with the aim to continue creating meaningful employment and training pathways on Country for remote communities in the region. KAPCO has also recently been approved to irrigate fodder crops on Frazier Downs Station near Broome and is therefore working towards land development. This development will allow KAPCO to grow and breed cattle on other properties and bring them to Frazier Downs for high-quality fodder to fatten them and finish them off close to Broome Port ready for live export. To muster cattle KAPCO mainly uses horses from its own horse breeding and training program. Traditional owners live and work on these stations. KAPCO is looking to employ a team to support this expansion and seek the skills of those with qualifications in agricultural science, veterinary science, and equine science. We are recruiting three project officers to support this initiative: 1x Agricultural Scientist; 1x Veterinary Scientist; and 1x Equine Scientist. 

Media / Theatre (https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/ explore) Sydney Festival runs over several weeks in January each year with a "cultural celebration based on critical ideas and cutting-edge art and performance". Sydney Festival is currently recruiting a range of project officers to join our dynamic team. We are looking for creatives and media professionals to work on the second chapter of Reconciling Australia. The first chapter was the Artspace exhibition 

Just Not Australian (https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/just-not-australian) that explored ideas about being Australian and what it means to be un-Australian. The show featured works by a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. This next show will focus on communicating and show-casing unacknowledged aspects of Australian national identity and its significance for a reconciled Australia. If you have relevant qualifications in the following professions please submit an expression of interest: 

• Theatre 

• Theatre media 

• Stage and screen 

• Media, including social media 

• Communications 


You are submitting an Expression of Interest (EoI) to lead the selected project connected to the organisation you have chosen. You are required to explain your professional philosophy and demonstrate an understanding of the historical and institutional influences on the field in which the organisation operates. In addition, you will review your original assessment of cultural competence from Task 1 and describe how you would enact your evolved understandings in the Project Manager role. A critical part of the project is to work with local Indigenous community or groups to build connections to interpret and respond to their needs. You will complete an EoI - Project Manager in three sections. You must support your EoI with evidence from your sources, using APA (6th ed.) referencing. 

• Section 1. Explain your professional standpoint as it applies to your cultural competence. (300 words) 

• Section 2. Describe the social, institutional, and historical factors relevant to the project. Explain the relevant ethical issues. (600 words) 

• Section 3. What principles will you apply to establish and build collaborative partnerships with Indigenous community representatives or groups? (300 words) A template for this assessment task will be provided in the subject site in the Assessment Space tabs. 


This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s: 

• be able to refine, review, relate and map new knowledge and understandings to demonstrate ethical professional practice, and to explore principles for respectful partnerships with Indigenous communities. This task is a summative assessment item and requires you to demonstrate your comprehension of IKC101 LOs 1-5 to meet the following outcome: 

• be able to refine, review, relate and map new knowledge and understandings to demonstrate ethical professional practice, and to explore principles for respectful partnerships with Indigenous communities. 

In Tasks 1, 2 & 3 you critically reflected on the factors and forces that influence, reproduce, and reinforce particular forms of knowledge about Indigenous Australians and yourself as part of Australian society. You considered what knowledge can be taken-for-granted because of this reinforcement by institutions, using the media as one example of a powerful socialising institution. You provided a critical analysis of available historical and contemporary evidence to deepen your understanding of the forces influencing contemporary understandings about, and contemporary experiences of Indigenous Australians. In Task 4 you are required to apply what you have learned through the IKC101 Modules and after completion of Tasks 1 to consider your professional responsibilities, your potential contribution to Yindyamarra Winhanganha, and to apply principles for engagement with Indigenous communities to facilitate these. You are expected to use subject readings from each module in this submission. 

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