Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Governance

What is this course?

This qualification is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working as board members, contact officers and senior staff within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

In these roles, individuals bring a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience to the workplace with an acute awareness that they operate in two cultures. They have cultural obligations to their community, as well as legal and financial obligations to the wider community and funding bodies.

Who is this course suited to?

The course is suitable for those who want to develop skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in a governance role, either within or with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

As a nationally recognised Certificate IV, the course can also be used as a platform for undertaking further study.

This course is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over 18 years of age.

Tranby receives funding from the Federal Government to support Indigenous non-NSW residents and from the NSW Government to support Indigenous NSW residents. This means that you do not need to pay tuition fees. The availability of ABSTUDY support is based on individual circumstances.

Course Delivery

Tranby’s student support team is here for you on your learning journey. The team includes your trainer for academic support, dedicated IT support and Student Services for general assistance. You can also book time with one of Tranby’s Elders in Residence for cultural support and connection.

The course is divided into five consecutive study modules with their associated assessments such as virtual meetings, case studies, written reports and short answer questions. Each study module runs for approximately two months and is followed by a study break of about two weeks. The entire course runs over a one-year duration.

Students can work through the study modules at their own pace but must submit their assessments by the due dates. The study load is typically 20-25 hours per week during study .

Once we receive your Expression of Interest, we will contact you before the next course begins.

You will need access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone. If you do not have access to a suitable device, please let us know as we may be able to help.

If using a computer, you will need internet access, a PDF reader and software to view videos. Tranby will provide access to Microsoft Office 365 software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams and Outlook) as well as an individual Tranby student email address.

If using a tablet or mobile phone, you will need internet or mobile phone access and you will need to download and install apps including a PDF reader, a video viewer and Microsoft Office 365, if you do not already have them.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

For students residing outside of NSW, the training is supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Online Course

Course Enquiries

Phone: 0420 379 617


Course structure

Module Theme

Participate as a board member

Policy Development

The constitution and finances

Stakeholder interactions

Self determination

Units of Competency

BSBFNG403 Participate as a board member of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation

BSBFNG409 Comply with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation director obligations

BSBFNG401 Plan and chair Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation board meetings

BSBFNG406 Assist in developing and implementing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisational policies

BSBXCM401 Apply communication strategies in the workplace

BSBFNG405 Review and apply the constitution in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation

LGACOR011 Analyse financial reports and budgets

BSBFNG402 Interact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation members and the community

BSBOPS306 Record stakeholder interactions

PSPGEN021 Contribute to conflict management

NAT11026007 Review the influence of legal systems on Aboriginal peoples self-determination

NAT1106008 Support Aboriginal peoples self-determination and social justice

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