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BlackCard® cultural capability training

This program is recognised as legitimate professional development by the Department of Education and Queensland College of Teachers. As such, it is appropriate to apply for release and funding through your normal school professional development processes.

BlackCard - Webpage.pngBlackCard’s Cultural Capability training will assist teachers in supporting Aboriginal students and their families in a more meaningful way, by increasing their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Culture, history and Aboriginal English. Cultural capability training is delivered by BlackCard’s experienced team of educators and elders.

Participants will deepen their knowledge of Aboriginal perspectives and learn to apply skills that improve their cultural capability to engage more effectively and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal people. Teacher resources and pedagogical approaches that align with the Aboriginal Terms of Reference and the National Curriculum will also be unpacked during the full day program.

This program is ideal for any teacher seeking to develop their skills relating to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers descriptors 1.4 and 2.4, including those working towards Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Certification.


BlackCard is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated business. Its programs are informed and guided by Aboriginal terms of reference and are based on all the knowledge that Aboriginal people have accumulated, developed and have practiced over the many thousands of years.

The Presenters

Mundanara Bayles - BlackCard.pngMundanara Bayles is Co-Founder and Managing Director of BlackCard. Mundanara’s cultural heritage is connected to the Wonnarua and Bunjalung people on her mother’s side, and the Birri-Gubba and Gungala on her father’s side. She grew up in Redfern with her 8 sisters, then moved to her father’s country in the early 90s.

Mundanara has more than 18 years experience working with both government and non-government organisations, including QUT, Brisbane City Council, Telstra, Cathy Freeman Foundation, and the Commonwealth Bank. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has formal qualifications in the disciplines of media, business, assessment and training. She is on severalcommittees and boards, including the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Committee.

Yarraka Bayles - Headshot Small Webpage.pngYarraka Bayles descends from the Wonnarua and Bundjalung nations of NSW on her mother’s side and the Birri Gubba and Gungalu nations of QLD on her fathers side.  She was born on Gadigal country in Sydney and grew up in Redfern in the 80’s then moved to Brisbane in the early 90’s where she now resides with her 3 children and grand daughter who were all born on Yuggera country in South Brisbane.Yarraka has over 20 years experience working in both Indigenous and non Indigenous organisations throughout NSW and QLD and has won awards for her art and media achievements.

Yarraka has facilitated workshops and presented at numerous conferences and events across the country, dedicating her life’s work to improving the quality of life for First Nations people by learning from her elders and sharing her knowledge and experiences to help raise more awareness about issues affecting First Nations People on a global scale.

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What Queensland teachers are saying about the program:

“Exceeded expectations”
“Fantastic! One of the best PD’s I have ever attended”
“Extremely knowledgeable and fantastic to experience the real truth of our country”
“Highly thought provoking, confronting and insightful, a course that all Australian’s should participate in”


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