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Geography / Year 10 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Environmental change and management

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Curriculum content descriptions

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of Australia (ACHGK072)

  • researching the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in environmental management
  • explaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander models of sustainability that contribute to broader conservation practices
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Attitudes,  Environmental management,  Environmental stewardship,  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,  Australia

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Farms and people’s connections to them: producer video

This is a video about the operation of the Outback Pride project and the value of the Australian native food produced in conjunction with Aboriginal peoples. To a visual background of the nursery at Reedy Creek in South Australia and some of 25 Aboriginal communities involved in the project in SA and Northern Territory, ...

Interactive Resource

Save our catchment – virtual excursion

This virtual excursion offers twelve video lessons that form a sample investigation of pest species invading Australian riparian zones. Filmed on Bundjalung Country, the excursion traverses mid north coast NSW Upper Clarence River Catchment, connecting each video to companion classroom and field learning tasks. The invasive, ...

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Walking on Aboriginal land

Benjamin Church works for the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Watch as Ben welcomes visitors through the Welcome to Country ceremony. Why do people place leaves in the fire? What does that signify? As Ben takes his visitors through the Royal Botanic Gardens, he explains the importance of land to Aboriginal people.

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Trees and Country

Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man Bruce Pascoe explains his connection to Country and introduces us to a family of trees. In what ways does Bruce’s relationship with the Earth differ from yours?


Remaining impacts from fishing

This resource about the impacts of fishing on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is provided on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) website. The introduction explains that fishing is the principal extractive use of the Great Barrier Reef targeting a range of species including fish, sharks, crabs and prawns, ...


Indigenous perspective on sustainability

Find out about some Indigenous sustainability practices and perspectives on land management in this audio interview with a spokesperson from the 2007 Caring for Country conference. Listen as he explains how traditional knowledge of the land and cultural significance guide Aboriginal environmental sustainability. Also discover ...

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Tiwi Carbon Study: managing fire for greenhouse gas abatement

This is a resource describing a study carried out by CSIRO and the people of the Tiwi Islands to research the effects of careful fire management on biodiversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, terrestrial carbon storage and potential earnings in carbon credit payments. The resource consists of an information sheet, ...

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Hawkesbury River: competing needs and river health

Why is the Hawkesbury-Nepean river catchment a useful example for an exploration of river management issues? The needs of agriculture, horticulture and fishing are balanced with the maintenance of river health. In this clip, see how farmers and local landcare groups work with the catchment management authority to remove ...

Interactive Resource

EnviroNorth: burning issues

This is an interactive multilayered website about fire and land management in Australia's tropical savannas. Roleplaying the job of park manager, students navigate through sections on Indigenous land management, fire safety awareness, the impact of fire on flora and fauna, and statistical information on the scale and frequency ...

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Bardi Jawi Rangers: caring for country

Join Dwayne and Trevor as they show us around their 'office', which must have some of the best views in Australia! They are Bardi Jawi Rangers, working hard to care for country on the Dampier Peninsula in the West Kimberley. See the spectacular landscape they work in and hear why Dwayne and Trevor love their jobs.

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Birds and totems

Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man Bruce Pascoe shares his delight in encountering birds on Country. Bruce explains the significance of Umburra, or black duck, and his obligation to care for the species. Bruce explains that his brothers and sisters look after other animals, such as kangaroos, bream, wallabies, flathead and ...


Managing multiple uses

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource is about the management of multiple uses of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), a major area for tourism and recreation, an internationally important scientific resource and an important area for Defence training. It explains that the GBR is central to the culture ...

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Indigenous socioeconomic values and river flows

This is a resource about a collaborative study carried out by CSIRO and the Aboriginal peoples of the Daly River in the Northern Territory and of the Fitzroy River in Western Australia to quantify the value and benefits of the waterways for the local people. The resource consists of an information sheet, a video and related ...


Coastal ecosystems

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource about Great Barrier Reef (GBR) coastal ecosystems looks at the 14 coastal ecosystems that provide a range of ecological services to support the Reef. It covers GBR coastal ecosystem loss, the pressures faced by these ecosystems, including population growth ...


Electricity generation from geothermal energy in Australia

This is an online information resource that explains how electricity is generated from geothermal sources in Australia and includes three diagrams supporting and demonstrating the information provided in the text. It contains six sections: Geothermal systems; Potential advantages of geothermal power generation in Australia; ...


Emissions of air pollutants (thousand tonnes)

This is a web resource consisting of a database of selected information on human-made emissions of traditional air pollutants - sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds - in OECD countries, including Australia, between 1990 and 2012. The data table can be customised, ...


Declining water quality

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource is about the declining water quality of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) due to the impacts of floods, run-off from 35 major catchments, and mining and water barriers such as dams. The resource describes the vulnerability of the GBR ecosystem to increased concentrations ...


Coal seam gas

This fact sheet provides information about how coal seam gas or methane is extracted and used as an energy source. It describes several coal seam gas operations in the Bowen and Surat Basins in Queensland. Several photographs and a map of projects in the Surat Basin are also included.


Threatened species: database

This is a web resource consisting of a database of numbers of known and threatened species of mammals, birds, freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians and vascular plants in OECD countries, with the data being the latest available for each country. The data categories are those used by the International Union for Conservation ...


Integrated gasification combined cycle

Find out how emissions from coal-burning can be reduced by turning the coal into syngas. This is a fact sheet describing methods of coal gasification, and how the resulting syngas can drive a combined cycle power generator. It lists the advantages of the technology, including lower emissions and increased efficiency, as ...

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...


Biodiversity and farming for a healthy planet

This is a digital resource containing information and resources, such as printable games, that relate to biodiversity and farming, and how food and materials can be produced while protecting the Earth's natural resources. It includes an extensive glossary of important terms, and external links to teacher and student resources ...


Discover Natural Fibres Initiative

This is a digital resource containing information, videos and images that highlight natural fibres. It looks at the uses of a range of plant and animal fibres such as flax, jute, silk and cashmere, and considers characteristics, production and sustainability. The resource profiles 15 of the world's major fibres, and contains ...