Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples Rights and Advocating for Change-A special program to build the knowledge and skills of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocates

Program Dates: February- April (2016)

Introduction of the Program:

  • In 2015 the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) commenced a Special Program for Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples passionate about being involved in advocating for human rights and Indigenous peoples’ rights. 
  •  The program brought together a group of inspiring young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around Australia.        

What will Participants Gain from the Program?

Knowledge, skills and confidence to develop and implement effective strategies for change, including:

  • an understanding of international human rights law and the obligations placed on Australian governments to respect human rights and the rights of Indigenous peoples
  • familiarity with the mechanisms which are available for Indigenous peoples to engage with the United Nations
  • how to apply human rights standards to analyse and develop responses to the key concerns impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities
  • the tools to design effective advocacy strategies
  • networks and alliances with other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around Australia and individuals and organisations that can provide ongoing support.

Trainers and Training Methodology 

  • Trainers in DTP courses are experienced and highly respected Indigenous and non Indigenous human rights lawyers, academics and community advocates.
  •  DTP is committed to participatory training methodologies that recognise and value the experiences and skills that participants bring to its programs. The training methodology is interactive with an emphasis on group work, role plays, case studies and discussion.  

 Session Dates:

There will be three face-to-face sessions (in 2016). Participants will be expected to undertake assignments in between programs and will have access to online support between the face-to-face sessions

 1st session:          February 1-5 

 2nd session          March 14-18 

 3rd session           April 25-29 

About the Diplomacy Training Program:  the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is an independent not-for-profit organisation affiliated with the University of New South Wales. Since it was established in 1989 by the former President of Timor Leste, José Ramos Horta, the Diplomacy Training Program has provided training to over 2000 community advocates across the Asia-Pacific region and Indigenous Australia.


About Oxfam Australia: Oxfam Australia is an organisation that works from a human rights-based approach to community development. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Program (ATSIPP) has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and programs for over 30 years to make a positive difference in the lives of Indigenous Australians.