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Our partners

A shared vision for a culturally competent Australia

We build knowledge and capacity in cultural competence education and research through engagement and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations.

We have collaborative partnerships with the Metropolitan Land Council, Aboriginal Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and Tribal Warrior.

We have also maintained supportive connections with key stakeholders in local and regional communities as outlined below.

We have a strong working relationship with the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council (WLALC) of the coastal NSW Hunter region. Through our partnership, we are able to deliver the University of Sydney Culturally Competent Leadership Program (CCLP) at the Murrook Cultural Centre at Williamtown, which is owned and operated by the WLALC.

The NCCC and AIATSIS signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2014 to formalise a commitment to furthering institutional engagement on research, Indigenous knowledges, and experiences in academic teaching. Since then, the NCCC has partnered with AIATSIS on the development of CORE, an online cultural competence resource for the Australian Public Service (APS), collaborated on Sydney Ideas panel event and continue to build a strong partnership.  

We have partnered with the world's first national cultural competence centre, the American NCCC based at Georgetown University in Washington DC, to share resources, ideas and personnel for the benefit of both organisations and the quality of education and research.

Our relationship with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) has been crucial in grounding the work of the NCCC in appropriate engagement and relationship building protocols. The MLALC have assisted with delivering a Welcome to Country across several internal and external engagement events and have been key contributors to our MOOC, Cultural Competence: Aboriginal Sydney and cultural competence online modules for University staff and students. 

Mibbinbah Spirit Healing Ltd is an Aboriginal-led health promotion charity. Mibbinbah is an important partner to the NCCC for their ability to engage deeply with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have many challenges and limited access to mainstream services. Partnering with Mibbinbah allows access to the very real, current and specific perspectives of recent discrimination experiences, exclusion and racism, which assists the NCCC to design cultural competence training and resources to address and prevent these issues.   

The partnership with represents our commitment to engaging with the media as a determinant of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to connecting the University to a source and process for research translation. In 2020 had almost half a million (439 245) site visits. 

The NCCC engaged with the Climate and Health Alliance to contribute to its ‘Rewrite the Future’ workshop series. This work is consistent with the stated objectives of the NCCC and promises to be a significant partnership over the next five years.  

Jiwah is an Aboriginal organisation specialising in cultural landscape design.  Jiwah facilitates community engagement through design thinking processes and they also offer workshops on Aboriginal culture, native permaculture and wellbeing. The NCCC partner with Jiwah to provide a cultural immersion experience as a part of the University’s Culturally Competent Leadership Program and programs run by the Faculty of Law.  

Tribal Warrior is a not-for-profit organisation established to empower disadvantaged Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The NCCC has a long-standing relationship with Tribal Warrior, partnering with them to provide opportunities for University staff to experience their impactful cultural immersion experience work.

The National Centre for Indigenous Excellence is a multifaceted, not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to provide long term benefits to the Indigenous community by offering a range of services, including a prestigious catering business where participants can attend a Job Ready program and gain employment skills. The NCCC supports this program as a preferred catering supplier for all of NCCC events.  

Waminda is a culturally safe and holistic service, providing women and their Aboriginal families with the opportunity to belong and receive quality health and wellbeing support. The NCCC collaborates on a number of projects with the service.

Header image: CCLP Program, on the sand dunes in Worimi at the Worimi Conservation Lands, hosted via the Murrook Cultural Centre (by Jen McCartney).