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Kigaruk and lookrukin Aboriginal leadership programs

The Kigaruk (Men's) and Lookrukin (Women's) Aboriginal Leadership Development Program is designed to provide a high level, significant learning experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women employed in the NTPS.

The word Kigaruk means 'adult male' in the Kungarakan language.  Lookrukin is a Kungarakan language word, meaning ‘adult female’.

The program was created to help Aboriginal NTPS employees develop their skills and knowledge to help them be more effective in their current roles and to progress in their careers.

This program is accredited and means that participants will undertake a Diploma of Management through Charles Darwin University (CDU).


There are few Aboriginal people holding senior jobs in the NTPS. This program is designed to strengthen and support Aboriginal employees to equip them for senior positions.

The programs are also a retention strategy for existing employees by promoting and supporting better career paths, recognition, opportunities for career development and a sense of personal achievement.


Aboriginal NTPS employees at the AO4 level or above (or equivalent), who are currently working as supervisors, front-line managers, coordinators, project managers or in similar roles across the sector.

Key components

  • formal learning content is applied directly to the context of each participant’s workplace
  • learning is presented in a format that allows time for reflection and application personal learning reflection (report and panel discussion)
  • work based project (report and presentation)
  • individuals are encouraged to take responsibility for the learning needed to strengthen and contribute to their own personal and professional development.
  • In-course learning supported by journaling, peer coaching and group activities.
  • Mentoring and/or coaching (provided by the agency or business unit).
  • Guest speakers/past participants sharing their personal experiences.
  • Tutors will be made available through CDU.

Program benefits

Participants will be better able to confidently and effectively contribute to the public sector as managers and leaders and increase their capacity to compete successfully for promotion.

Kigaruk and Lookrukin provides an opportunity for participants to:

  • enhance capacity for analytical and strategic thinking and develop leadership skills
  • develop self-confidence and career management skills
  • develop inter-agency networks and a deeper understanding of organisational dynamic and realities
  • develop skills for managing people performance and team effectiveness
  • apply personal effectiveness to a range of leadership skills and issues relevant to the NTPS including engaging and collaborating, strategic thinking, leading change, managing risk and networking.

Refer to the Training calendar for a nomination form.

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Last updated: 27 March 2018