Indigenous careers

CSIRO offers a number of career options particularly designed for Indigenous Australians, from traineeships and cadetships, through to specifically identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander positions such as Liaison and Education Professionals.

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Indigenous land owners: Joe Ross explains how traditional land owners worked with CSIRO to capture traditional science and knowledge and translate that into practices that assist good land management.

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[Music plays CSIRO logo and text appears: We asked CSIRO]

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[Image changes to Joe Ross, Bunuba]

Joe Ross: Well CSIRO has, over the last sort of five to ten years, has placed a lot of importance on creating partnerships with Aboriginal people.

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At NAILSMA, based in Darwin, the group was looking at establishing methodologies for this carbon farming initiative and one of them was fire abatement.

[Image changes to an image of a grass fire being started and then back to Joe]

We asked CSIRO to assist the Aboriginal Traditional Owners to work towards improving up the methodology. A very important issue for Aboriginal people in northern Australia to be able to continue the land management practices that have been carried on through thousands of years.

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Nowadays, it's very important that Aboriginal people in northern Australia, with the assistance of NAILSMA, be able to capture the traditional science and knowledge that's embedded in the Aboriginal community and the Traditional Owners and the senior Elders of the community and translating that into practices that assist good land management.

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There's a two way learning process, not only for the Traditional Owners, about the importance of recording their knowledge, but also for western scientists to understand and to enhance their skill base.

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I think, at the end of the day it's the scientist actually understanding Aboriginal culture in northern Australia and then being able to work with the senior elders and the Traditional Owners of the country to be able to create a project that Aboriginal people are able to take up ownership, full ownership of and full control of, especially on their traditional grounds.

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