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Work with cultural material

Assessment tool

Version 1.0
Issue Date: May 2019

This unit applies to organisations that hold, research or display cultural material that is not specifically of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.

The unit deals with elements of cultures and intellectual properties of communities that are represented within Australian collecting institutions or which are held temporarily for display or research purposes. It focuses on the sourcing of information through research and through consultation with community groups, and where relevant working with advisory reference groups.

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to comply with cultural and consultative requirements for sourcing, handling, interpreting and exhibiting cultural materials.

You may want to include more information here about the target group and the purpose of the assessments (eg formative, summative, recognition)


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Evidence Required

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The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the ability to:

apply knowledge of issues that frame the development of cultural protocols

consult effectively with relevant community representatives about the display of cultural material

observe cultural protocols and follow collection management practices when moving, storing, displaying and maintaining cultural material.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

access to:

cultural material or information on material when access is not available

information about cultural protocols

involvement in the assessment process of persons approved of by appropriate persons or custodians of the relevant community.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance

evaluation of a project undertaken by the candidate to develop and exhibit cultural material following appropriate consultation that adheres to cultural protocols

evaluation of a project undertaken by the candidate to research and document the cultural significance of particular cultural materials

verbal or written questioning to assess knowledge of appropriate protocols and consultation processes.

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands and the needs of particular client groups (consider the requirements of different age groups, clients with English as a second language, clients with disabilities, remote library users, etc.).

Guidance information for assessment

Any organisation or individual planning to train or assess this unit would be expected to know how to work with communities in a culturally appropriate manner and to identify processes for appropriate contact and establishment of reference groups with relevant ethnic groups. In particular, it is vital to ensure respectful integration of local cultural knowledge or protocols that would inform the implementation of the unit.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

CULEVP402A Design and develop interpretive displays.

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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Required skills

communication skills to:

liaise and consult with community representatives with knowledge and interests relevant to specific cultural material in a culturally sensitive manner

share information with colleagues

cultural sensitivity skills to be:

sensitive to cultural issues

respectful of different cultural practices

initiative and enterprise skills to:

develop culturally appropriate ways of displaying materials

develop interpretive approaches that showcase objects in a culturally respectful way

literacy skills to:

complete organisational records

describe cultural material

develop agreements

prepare text for displays

planning and organising skills to undertake activities in preparation for exhibitions in a logical and efficient manner

problem-solving skills to determine appropriate and relevant cultural protocols

research skills to source information

self-management skills to:

follow workplace procedures

prioritise work tasks and meet deadlines

technical skills to move, store, display and maintain cultural material.

Required knowledge

appropriate storage for cultural material not suitable for or forbidden to be exhibited or displayed

collection management practices

copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation with particular reference to cultural material

cultural protocols and appropriate consultations for the:

exhibition of cultural material in the relevant community context

identification, movement, storage and maintenance of cultural material in the relevant community context

negotiation of community permission to use cultural material

current conventions for holding, research and display of cultural material, including appropriate consultations and respect for non-western concepts of collecting

current industry policy on the acquisition and management of cultural material

issues and protocols relating to the return of cultural material

scope of cultural material that may be appropriate for exhibition or display.

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Cultural material is defined as objects, collections, artworks, specimens, structures or sites, and includes:

archaeological material

books and manuscripts

built heritage

cultural sites and buildings

ethnographic material

film and audiovisual material

flora and fauna



technological and industry items


works on paper and canvas.

Cultural protocolsmay relate to:

acknowledging participation and ownership

communicating about cultural material

displaying cultural material

handling cultural material

identifying appropriate people to be consulted

occasions when consultation is required

ways in which consultations should be conducted.

Protocols may relate to:

identification and representation of recipients or custodians

issues relating to the return of cultural material, such as how and where to return the material

local consultations and agreements on return of material

negotiation with current holders of material

return of human skeletal remains where a specific set of cultural consultations and requirements must be observed.

Cultural requirements may relate to:

access to material and associated research

storage of material

the way material should be transported

use of equipment or tools

who can describe or handle material

who can view material.

Limitations may relate to:

access issues, such as:


secret, sacred material

consultation with and involvement of appropriate community members

descriptive or explanatory writing

fragility of material

identification process

interpretation method.

Interpretive approaches may relate to:

community wishes for the way material should be interpreted

consultation with and involvement of appropriate community members

knowledge of existing collections.

Exhibition support materials may include:

advertising materials

approval and permissions

interpretive documents


online information



Requirements for exhibition may relate to:

access restrictions

environmental requirements

placement of items within collections

restrictions on those able to interpret material for visitors

special handling requirements or restrictions.

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Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Identify and locate cultural material that may be appropriate for exhibition or display 
Confirm traditional ownership of cultural material and consult with appropriate communities 
Consult with community groups to determine suitable holding for materials not authorised for general exhibition 
Negotiate permission and advice for the use of cultural material according to cultural protocols 
Complete records and agreements according to cultural and organisational protocols 
Describe, move, store, maintain and return cultural material according to cultural requirements 
Note aspects of objects that need repair or attention and take action within scope of own job role or refer to relevant personnel as required 
Communicate specific cultural requirements to colleagues 
Consult with community to determine culturally appropriate approaches to promotion, exhibition and display of material and limitations on mode of exhibit 
Develop culturally appropriate interpretive approaches 
Develop exhibition support materials that take account of cultural protocols 
Communicate requirements for exhibition of cultural material to colleagues 


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