Course FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

What courses do you offer?

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

  • 10412NAT Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership
  • 10413NAT Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership
  • BSB41915 Certificate IV in Business (Governance)
  • 10124NAT Certificate II in Master- Apprentice Language Learning Program *
  • 10541NAT Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Communities and Workplaces *

* The AILC have an agreement with the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD), where RNLD own and deliver the 10124NAT Certificate II in Master- Apprentice Language Learning Program and 10541NAT Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Communities and Workplaces. 

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 assists students to identify their own strengths in order to plan their leadership journeys. It establishes pathways to further education, and is an entry point to tertiary studies.
  • 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. 

Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD)

The Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity is an international non-profit organisation which was founded in 2004 to advance the sustainability of the world's Indigenous languages. RNLD (Inc.) is incorporated in the State of Victoria, Australia, and is registered as a tax-exempt organisation. 

Through RNLD’s activities, they contribute to the holistic health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by providing direct relief from the suffering and distress that arises from the loss of Indigenous languages and the consequent alienation from cultural heritage and Indigenous identity.

Certificate II in Master- Apprentice Language Learning Program:

This course provides a foundation and practice in the Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program (MALLP). MALLP is an intensive one-to-one language immersion method that has been developed specifically to support the revitalisation of Indigenous languages.

Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for communities and workplaces:

This course provides a foundation in Aboriginal languages and linguistics. It develops knowledge of the Australian language family and the relationships between languages. It introduces core concepts in linguistics and methods to revitalise Aboriginal languages. Students apply their skills to their specific community or workplace context.

For all enquiries and further information on these qualifications, please contact RNLD on:

03 9077 9500 or visit their website:

How long does the course go for?

The Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership has two (2) residential blocks, 10 days total.

The Certificate IV in Business (Governance) and the Certificate IV in Indigenous Leaderships has three (3) residential blocks, 15 days total.

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

Give the AILC a call and speak to a staff member in the education team. Alternatively you can jump on our website and complete an enquiry form.

The AILC will be in contact with you to confirm if a position is available for your 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 limit 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.

What are the pre-requisites?

Students must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

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

What happens 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?

The AILC will work with all students regardless of their skill level. The AILC Program Leaders will assist students in completing all work required on course and look for other options to assist the student outside of course time.

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?

All students undertaking accredited training with the AILC are able to apply for recognition. 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 students wish to complete their assessments electronically they will be required to bring a laptop/iPad and a USB to save all of their work. 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 and completed all assessment work and deemed competent.

If students have been deemed competent the AILC will issue certificates within 30 calendar days of the completion of the course.

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 often are courses run?

AILC run six (6) Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership courses, two (2) Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership courses and one (1) Certificate IV in Business (Governance) per year.

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 or by correspondence, however watch this space as the AILC may look at these options in the future.

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, this covers the cost of course materials, delivery and assessment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders.

Possible additional fees and charges



Re issue of qualification or statement of attainment


Recognition of prior learning application


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 are available on the website and in the student handbook.

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 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)

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
  • 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 as well as the AILC as soon as possible. The AILC will not notify ABSTUDY on your behalf; this is your responsibility.