NATSICC has developed a foundational Online  Cross Cultural Competency Course for all Catholic workers, volunteers, Clergy and Religious. It is the first ever Cross Cultural training with a Catholic Focus and will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


"It is the first step on your organisation's journey of knowledge and reconciliation."


To register your organisation's expression of interest in adopting the course click here or scroll to the bottom of this page.


What is Cultural Competency?

At its heart, Cultural Competency is learning about, acknowledging, and valuing the diversity and gifts that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures bring to Australia. On a practical level, Cultural Competence is the ability to work effectively alongside Australia's First Peoples and to make respectful, informed and appropriate decisions across cultural boundaries.


What does the Course cover?

NATSICC has designed the Course as a universal, foundational step on the learning journey of all workers, volunteers, Clergy and Religious in the Catholic system.


It is the first training with a Catholic focus and equips participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


A balanced mix of historical information combined with the impact that colonisation on First Nations Peoples, the course contains 4 core sections:


1.  Our First Nations Peoples

2.  Understanding our history

3.  First Nations culture

4.  Practice Tips


Who can complete the Course?

Anyone and everyone within the Catholic Church. At this point in time, we are offering the course at an organizational level, so if you'd like to undertake the training, please share the course details with your HR department.


It is our vision that any point of engagement between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the Church will have undertaken the Course and possess a foundational knowledge and appreciation of the oldest living Culture

in the world.


It is hoped that by fostering greater awareness and understanding across cultural boundaries, the Course will lead to the building of more positive relationships and effective outcomes for all people in Australia.


How long does it take and how can I access the Course?

You can complete the module at your  own pace, either in a single sitting or section-by-section as your schedule allows.

Set aside 1 hour for the core learnings - much longer if you wish to delve deeper into the additional resources at the end of each section.


Your progress will be automatically saved after each session and you can pick up where you left off.


Please contact your Parish, School or Organisation's HR Department and let them know you would like to access the course. You can also express your interest in the course using the form below (preferred) . Additionally, please contact NATSICC directly at au


The Course will be available through the Catholic Church Insurance E Learning Platform (for those organizations with access) or through NATSICC directly.



NATSICC has designed the course to be an EXTREMELY cost effective option for Catholic Organisations to provide this important training. We are happy to negotiate costings to ensure that the training is attainable for any organization.


Education is key to fostering reconciliation and forms a major goal of the Council, so we are aiming to empower as many organisations to utilise the course as possible.


Involvement of local Traditional Custodians

As mentioned above, the course is the first step on a journey of learning. It is a universal overview of Australia's First People and is not specific to any Language Group. First Nations Culture is a rich tapestry that stretches across Australia. Each language group is unique and holds its own knowledge, belief and cultural systems. NATSICC strongly suggests that the course is complimented by engagement with your local Traditional Custodians


Resources and supporting documentation


Information sheet - Includes more information on the Course


Course Terms and Conditions


Expression of Interest

Please use the form below to talk to us about rolling out the course in your organization.

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

'The peak Indigenous advisory body to the Catholic Church'

80C Payneham Rd.

Stepney SA 5069   |   | 08 8363 2963