• design
  • aboriginal

11 October 2018


The International Indigenous Design Charter is a protocol document for respectful representation of Indigenous culture in design practice. It responds to the lack of guidance regarding the appropriate creation and commercial expression of Indigenous knowledge in design practice. The Charter offers ten best practice guidelines to respectful cultural design practice.

The document reinforces the right of Indigenous peoples to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, knowledge and expressions. The International Indigenous Design Charter won the Design Award of the Year at the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

Professor Brian Martin (Muruwari, Bundjalung, Kamilaroi), and Mr Jefa Greenaway (Wailwan/ Gamillaraay) from Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria, Greenaway Architects, and The University of Melbourne with: Deakin University, Institute of Koorie Education (IKE); Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV); the Design Institute of Australia (DIA); International Council of Design (ico-D)