What courses do you offer?

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) offers four accredited qualifications and a range of non-accredited workshops. The accredited training includes:

What will I learn from these qualifications?

  • 10412NAT Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership introduces the key elements of Indigenous leadership in Australia and builds upon the capacity of emerging Indigenous Australian leaders to lead. This course gives students the basic knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to commence and be involved in Indigenous Leadership roles. It assists students to identify their own strengths in order to plan their leadership journeys in the future.
  • 10413NAT Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership builds on current leadership skills and further develops important qualities and knowledge. It establishes pathways to further education and training, enabling students to aspire to higher levels of responsibility in chosen arenas such as senior roles in workplaces and community organisations.
  • BSB41915 Certificate IV in Business (Governance) is targeted at those in leadership management positions, or those looking to step into leadership management positions within their workplace or community or on Boards of Management. It exposes them to quality governance models and styles and how these impact on the community, with an emphasis on developing personal, professional and community leadership through good governance and business exposure. This accredited training gives participants the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to further develop their leadership capabilities, their business knowledge, and their governance capabilities. This is a fully funded course.
  • 52276WA Certificate IV in Leadership and Mentoring is targeted at Indigenous leaders in the community who would like to mentor and develop others, Indigenous professionals who mentor and assist other junior members of the workforce and Non-Indigenous professionals who supervise Indigenous staff or would like to contribute to the growth and development of Indigenous staff through mentoring. This course will flow from block to block covering the key areas in developing mentoring / coaching strategies and frameworks to implementing mentoring programs and relationships, to reviewing and providing feedback on the outcomes of mentoring / coaching activities.On top of the accredited training, students will also learn leadership theories and tools to assist them in the area of mentoring and coaching as well as Indigenous history and cultural knowledge to assist those mentoring / coaching Indigenous peoples.

Non- accredited training

The AILC provide 2-3 day non accredited workshops including:

  • Cultural competency
  • Leadership and Governance
  • Mentoring
  • Community Leadership
  • Masterclass- Indigenous Leadership

The AILC can also customise a workshop for your organisation. Please contact the AILC at enquiries@ailc.org.au.

How long does the course go for?

  • The 10412NAT Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership has two (2) residential blocks (10 weeks total)
  • The BSB41915 Certificate IV in Business (Governance) and 10413NAT Certificate IV in Indigenous Leaderships has three (3) residential blocks, (15 weeks total)
  • The 52276WA Certificate IV in Leadership and Mentoring has three (3) residential blocks (20 weeks total)

How do I apply for a course and the Enrolment Process?

You can speak to one of our friendly staff at the AILC Education Team by contacting our office. Alternatively you can complete an enquiry form by clicking here: Enquiry Form

The AILC will be in contact with you to confirm if a position is available for the upcoming course. All student enquiries are placed on a register; from there the first 35 on the register will be selected to fill the course.

Is there an age requirement for the course?

To be accepted in our courses you must be 18 or over.

Do I have to be employed?

You do not have to be employed to undertake AILC courses, however for the Certificate IV level courses, we recommend that you are currently employed, or able to demonstrate the capacity to gain volunteer experience as elements of the course require workplace practice.

What are the entry requirements?

  • To gain entry into the Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership: a participant must:

o   The capacity to be able to have language, literacy and numeracy skills applicable to AQF L2 studies. To successfully complete the course, this course is also aligned Level 2 ACSF and above

o   Applicants must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.


  • To gain entry into the Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership a participant must:

o   The capacity to be able to have language, literacy and numeracy skills applicable to AQF L4 studies. To successfully complete the course, this course is also aligned Level 3 ACSF and above

o   Applicants must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.


  • To gain entry into the Certificate IV in Business (Governance) a participant must:

o   Have current work related experience or be an existing or potential member of a board.

o   The capacity to be able to have language, literacy and numeracy skills applicable to AQF L4 studies.


  • To gain entry into Certificate IV in Leadership and Mentoring a participant must:

o   i. have successfully completed 52561WA Certificate III in Leadership Development or an comparable Certificate III qualification or 10413NAT Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership; or

o   ii. have current work related experience; and

o   iii. undergo a formal interview to determine suitability for entry into this course.

At Certificate IV level participants are required to work independently, therefore it is highly recommended that the participant has the appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy to assist in leading teams and managing a project.


What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and do I have to create one?

If you are undertaking nationally recognised training with the AILC or any other registered training organisation (RTO), you will need to have a unique student identifier.

A USI gives you access to your online USI account which is made up of ten numbers and letters. It will look something like this: 4BC99HY2B4

You can access your USI account online anywhere anytime by using an electronic device.

You will be required to obtain a USI prior to commencement of course. The AILC will not be able to print your qualification without a USI. To create your USI, you will need to go to www.usi.gov.au

Can I still complete if I have a disability or medical condition?

Please contact the AILC and we will organise the appropriate support.

What happens if I have low literacy or numeracy levels?

Learners who are identified as having a low level in LLN will be required to undergo an interview to determine whether the AILC can provide the required support.

Do I have to complete assessments for my course?

You will be required to undertake assessments as part of your course. These assessments include written work, observations, presentations and group work/activities.

Can I apply for recognition of prior learning?

All students undertaking accredited training with the AILC are able to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). You will be required to undertake an application for this form of assessment prior to commencement of course. There are costs associated with the recognition process, please contact us for more information.

Do I need to provide anything to do this course?

All students will be supplied with the following course materials:

  • Student Handbook
  • Assessments
  • Student manual
  • Stationary including pens, pencils, paper

If learners have access to a laptop/ipad we advise that they bring it on course, however it is not a requirement. WIFI is only provided in the training room. If you wish to complete work in your accommodation/ at home you will be required to purchase WIFI.

Will I get a certificate when I finish?

The AILC will only issue nationally recognised qualifications to students who have provided a USI, completed all assessment work and been deemed competent.

If students have been deemed competent in all assessements, the AILC will issue certificate your certificate and transcript within 30 calendar days of the completion of the marking process.

What happens if I have to withdraw from the course?

Students who are unable to attend will be required to officially withdraw from their course through written response. There are no costs to students for withdrawals and students will have the opportunity to return and complete the course at a later date.

Where is the course held?

Locations for these courses vary. All students who are offered a position on course will receive an acceptance letter confirming location and addresses of training.

How many other students will be on course with me?

Student numbers vary. A typical course can have up to 30 students.

Can I complete my course online or by correspondence?

At this stage, the AILC does not offer these courses online however we are working towards this goal.

How much does the course cost?

The AILC do not charge fees for the delivery and assessment of our accredited courses. The AILC receive funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet which covers the cost of course materials, delivery and assessment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders.

Possible additional fees and charges

Description Cost
Re issue of qualification or statement of attainment $25
Recognition of prior learning application $150
Replacement student manual $40 – $75


Where can I get information on complaints and appeals?

All students have the right to put in a complaint or an appeal whilst on course. The AILC takes complaints and appeals very seriously. The complaints and appeals policies and forms are available by clicking here.

Once I have started my course how do I get access to my student records?

You will need to put in an email request including your name, date of birth and contact details to enquiries@ailc.org.au and a staff member from the administration team will be in touch to discuss further.

Who pays for my accommodation, travel and meals?

There are three (3) options that you can choose from to cover accommodation, travel and meals.

  1.    Self-funding (You cover your costs)
  2.    Sponsored by your employer (Your employer covers these costs)
  3.    Apply for ABSTUDY (Need to meet eligibility criteria) – Click here to go to their page

The AILC covers costs for morning tea and afternoon tea.

If you are a local, you will only need to worry about getting to and from the course.

What is ABSTUDY?

ABSTUDY helps with costs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship. ABSTUDY is a government organisation and is separate to the AILC.  To be eligible for ABSTUDY you must be:

  •         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  •         Enrolled in an approved course
  •         Not receiving any other government assistance to study or do an apprenticeship or traineeship

What is the criteria for ABSTUDY?

You will need to clarify this criteria with ABSTUDY when you have been accepted into the course.

ABSTUDY accommodation, meals and travel

  • Students who have been approved by ABSTUDY will be required to share accommodation with other students. If you are unable to share accommodation due to medical reasons you will need to discuss this with ABSTUDY and then provide the AILC with a current medical certificate 3 weeks out from the course.
  • Breakfast is included in the room
  • Dinner is $40 per person, this does not include alcohol and is to be eaten at the hotel restaurant. If you choose not to eat at the hotel, you will be required to cover this cost and you will not be refunded by ABSTUDY.
  • ABSTUDY will only cover your travel from your current location (e.g. if you live in Darwin that is where you will travel from and return to)
  • ABSTUDY will advise you which method of travel you will be required to undertake whether this is by plane, bus, train etc. Unfortunately, you to do not get to choose.

*NON ABSTUDY students- Students who are self-funded or funded by their employers, will not be required to share a room. Students who live locally do not require accommodation.

Do I have to report back to ABSTUDY?

If you are not able to attend course or have any issues in general, including flights, you will need to notify ABSTUDY on 1800 132 317 as well as the AILC as soon as possible. The AILC will not notify ABSTUDY on your behalf; this is your responsibility.