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Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, Archaeological & Heritage Management Solutions Pty Ltd

Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers

Contact details:Dr Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy
Phone: 02 9555 4000, Mobile: 0425 215 012
Registered Training Organisation: No
Training provided in: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and Torres Strait, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Training provided

Non-accredited training delivered
  • Principles of cultural heritage management (Burra Charter basics)
  • Legislation
  • Management planning - process & key steps
  • Developing conservation and management strategies
  • Site recording and documentation
  • Recording oral history
  • Mapping skills and techniques
  • Caring for cultural heritage objects and remains
  • Setting up consultations about heritage with appropriate stakeholders
  • Assessing significance
  • Identifying management issues
  • Identifying and recording evidence of threats and deterioration
  • Identifying and describing cultural materials
  • Monitoring cultural places
  • Country-based planning


Dr McIntyre-Tamwoy is non-Indigenous and experienced in delivering training to Indigenous people.


Dr McIntyre-Tamwoy's relevant qualifications and experience:

Training experience

Dr Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy is the Associate Director and co-ordinator of research at Archaeological & Heritage Management Solutions Pty Ltd, a private cultural heritage company established in 1996 with offices in Victoria, WA and NSW. Through her position in AHMS she is able to draw on a number of cultural heritage specialists to tailor training opportunities and courses to specific Indigenous heritage needs.

Dr McIntyre-Tamwoy has successfully drawn on her professional cultural heritage experience in developing and delivering training courses to a range of students. Between 1989 and 1992 she was seconded to the Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE to coordinate and teach environmental studies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in remote areas. Studies included cultural heritage management, traditional land management (in conjunction with community elders), communication and legislation. These courses were delivered on country in remote communities. Over the years Susan has undertaken various 'Train the Trainer' courses. As immediate past President of Australia ICOMOS and a past President of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists, she is aware of the Burra Charter and its applications.

Today in addition to her cultural heritage work, Susan regularly teaches as a sessional teacher at university level (including Indigenous students). Subjects taught at James Cook University include: Australia's peoples: an introduction to the Social Sciences, Australia through time and place, and a Rock Art Conservation Field School. She was successful in 2011-12 and again in 2012-13 in securing grants from the Attorney Generals Department on behalf of The Cairns Institute for the development and delivery of a seven day native title short course for graduate anthropologists.

Susan also piloted the Introduction to Cultural Heritage course developed for the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities at the 2011 Apudthama Ranger Conference, Cape York.

Susan has an ongoing relationship with Indigenous communities in Cape York and parts of the Torres Strait, and often works with rangers on country as part of her research projects in the region. As someone who has worked (and lived) in remote Indigenous communities and encountered first-hand the often complex conservation issues they face, she is able to develop culturally appropriate approaches to these issues. Susan also speaks Cape York Creole which is an asset when working and teaching in Cape York.

Susan's skills lie in developing a logical and structured course matched to identified training needs, tailoring it to the target trainee group, bringing together the key expertise to make it happen and providing culturally appropriate course delivery. She is currently (2013) scoping cultural heritage field training projects for two northern Indigenous ranger programs.

Recent experience

Dr McIntyre-Tamwoy has delivered cultural heritage management training to an Indigenous group within the last 12 months (valid at June 2013).

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