Indigenous Community-Based Researcher

This credential provides opportunities for Indigenous people working in their home communities to learn about research work, and to be recognised for their skills in bilingual and inter-cultural facilitation of research. Training occurs on the job while working closely with CDU research staff. Participants will learn about research ethics, designing and planning research projects, finding suitable people to participate, collecting data (e.g. interviewing people, collecting samples), video and audio recording and sharing research outcomes (e.g. presentations at meetings). They will be recognised for their skills working on the ground and with various organisations to facilitate culturally responsive research.


This credential is available to Indigenous community-based researchers working with CDU staff on a research project in the Northern Territory. It is a beginner level credential designed to recognise basic skills in cross-cultural facilitation and research.

Award criteria:

  • Attendance at a research induction meeting
  • Creation of a research profile detailing who you are, plus any previous work or research experience
  • Successful facilitation of one or more research interviews (or discussions)
  • Demonstrated understanding of research ethics and processes for informed consent
  • Demonstrated capacity to operate bilingually in research situations


Credential will be authorised by an appropriate senior Indigenous authority and the Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, CDU.

How to apply:

For further information please contact:

Michaela Spencer at the Northern Institute, CDU