Introduction to Repatriation: Principles, practice and policies

Course details


10 to 14 September 2018

Participants should arrive in Broome on Sunday 9th September to commence course on Monday 10th. Course will finish at 5pm on Friday 14th September.

Transport to Broome must be organised and paid by participant. Options for NCIS organising local travel, catering and accommodation are available – see ‘enrolment’ tab


The repatriation of ancestral remains is an extraordinary Indigenous achievement and inter-cultural development of the past 40 years. Participants will join with Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts and learn on country in order to learn the practice, history, meaning and significance of repatriation for Indigenous peoples, museums and broader society.

Participants will develop a holistic understanding of repatriation, its history and significance. You will acquire practical skills to assist in the development of repatriation processes, increase your understanding of Indigenous people’s efforts to secure the return of ancestral remains, and gain familiarity with repatriation policies in a domestic and international context. You will discuss the important essential skills for successful repatriation and learn their practical application. In the Fitzroy Crossing region, you will learn on country by visiting relevant sites and hearing from the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) repatriation officer and senior traditional owners about repatriation, its meaning, importance and processes

The course is convened by the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University in collaboration with KALACC and Return, Reconcile, Renew project partners (see below)


What:This is a professional development course delivered through an intensive 5-day program in Broome & Fitzroy Crossing, WA. You have the option of taking it with or without assessment, as this is also a graduate course (MUSC8019) for those enrolled in an ANU Masters program (for options see enrolment tab).

Who:The course is for those interested and engaged in repatriation practice, research and policy-making in community, museum, university and government sectors.

Presenters:There will be presentations and panels from national and international repatriation experts both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. In Fitzroy Crossing participants will learn from experts at the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC), the peak organisation for law and culture in the Kimberley, which has been undertaking repatriation responsibilities for the region for over 15 years.

Dates:Participants will travel to Broome on 9 September to begin the course on the 10 September. We will travel to Fitzroy Crossing on the 11th, and return on the 13th. The course will conclude in Broome in the evening of 14 September and participants will depart Broome on the 15 September.


The course will be delivered in Broome at Notre Dame University, and in Fitzroy Crossing with colleagues at the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC).

Broome is located on the traditional country of Yawaru people. Fitzroy Crossing is located on the traditional country of Bunuba people.

Travel and accommodation

Participants must organise and pay for their own travel to Broome.

We can organise:

  • local travel to Fitzroy Crossing
  • lunch catering in Broome and breakfast, lunch and dinner in Fitzroy Crossing.
  • local budget accommodation.

Details on all associated costs can be found in the ‘enrolment’ tab and should be submitted via the registration form.

Accomodation details

We have organised budget accommodation at Notre Dame University Campus and at the Workers Camp at the Ngiyali Road House in Fitzroy Crossing. You may wish to organise and pay for your own alternative accommodation in Broome and Fitzroy Crossing.

The Village complex at Notre Dame University. There are nine, five bedroom houses in the Village. Each bedroom is lockable, air-conditioned, has a ceiling fan, with an ensuite, single bed, desk, bookshelf and wardrobe. There is a kitchen, dining and lounge facilities to share in each house. All houses are fully equipped with furniture, appliances and linen. Please see the guide for details of location, check out instructions

The Worker’s Camp is centrally located across from the Ngiyali Roadhouse. Rooms contain a single bed, cupboard, air conditioning, bar fridge and en suite bathroom. Linen is supplied, laundry facilities, gas BBQs and the camp kitchen are available, rooms are serviced and there are full laundry facilities. All linen/towels are provided. Rooms are serviced everyday and bed linen replaced.


Academic Contact: Associate Professor Cressida Fforde E

General Inquiries: Craig Greene: T +61 2 6125 8437 E

Program Partners

  • The National Centre for Indigenous Studies (ANU)
  • The Flinders University of South Australia
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Tasmania
  • The National Museum of Australia
  • Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre
  • Gur a Barahharaw Kod (Torres Strait Land and Sea Council)
  • Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
  • The Australian Government’s Indigenous Repatriation Unit in the Ministry of Communication and the Arts

Updated:  10 August 2018/ Responsible Officer:  NCIS Project Coordinator/ Page Contact:  NCIS Administrative Officer