Indigenous Capacity Building Program

Project Number:



Fishwell Consulting Pty Ltd

Principal Investigator:

Ian Knuckey

Project Status:


FRDC Expenditure:



Communities, People


Presently, there appears to be no existing program that is suitable for Indigenous participants to gain a basic understanding of fisheries management processes and governance structures, and an introduction to leadership skills. There is also no program that provides fisheries managers and researchers with experience in understanding indigenous fishing and culture. This two-way gap is considered to be a barrier to increasing participation of Indigenous Australians in participating in a range of fisheries management, policy and research and development processes. Recognising this, the FRDC issues a call for expressions of interest to address this gap on 3 May 2007.


1. Develop a national, culturally appropriate capacity building program for involvement of Indigenous Australians in fisheries management.

2. Build capacity of 20 Indigenous Australians to participate in a range of fisheries management, policy and research and development processes by increasing their knowledge, skills and experience of fisheries research concepts and practices, current approaches to fisheries management and policy, fishery governance structures, understanding of, and capacity to participate in relevant committees and workshops and providing an introduction to leadership and building leadership knowledge.

3. Increase the understanding of managers, researchers and MAC and RAG members of potential contributions of Indigenous Australians and cultural aspects of their own engagement processes.

4. Foster an ongoing legacy of the project to enable capacity building to be undertaken regularly as required.