Teach Traditional Land Management

Teach Aboriginal Cultures and Histories in Years 7 to 10 Geography by exploring traditional fire-stick land management techniques.
Target Audience
Year 7 to 10 Geography teachers, casual relief teachers and beginning teachers
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Explore Aboriginal Cultures and Histories in Year 7 to 10 Geography by investigating fire-stick land management techniques. You’ll find out about the tropical savannah of Northern Australia and how Indigenous rangers use fire to manage the land. You’ll explore the benefits of fire techniques. You’ll also learn how to help your students research local land management.

Watch videos and explore a range of teaching resources, documents and websites that you can use straight away. Download a course handout to refer to anytime. Once you’ve completed the course, you will be able to teach Year 7 to 10 Geography students about traditional land management and share your learning with others.

This course particularly supports


Year 7 to 10 Geography teachers, casual relief teachers and beginning teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A short online course is delivered over 1-3 weeks in duration and is worth 2-3 PD hrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.

This course is an updated version of ‘Cool Burning (Secondary)’ http://tta.edu.au/products/1526/3294

Watch videos, enjoy short activities and explore free resources.

This course is always open and you can join at any time.

Please note that we run this online course on the Open Learning platform, and you should expect an invitation to the course within 2 working days. There are no set times when you must attend any webinars etc, everything you need will be ready to access inside the course. If you have any problems accessing the course please contact admin@tta.edu.au and we will assist you.

This course contributes to 2.0 professional development hours.


  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 01/03/2018 Online Places available $89 + GST Enrol Now


1. Introduction

10 minutes

Introduce yourself to the course group and learn about the difference between Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country.

2. Using Fire

50 minutes

Meet John Daly, traditional land manager at Fish River Station in the Northern Territory. Discover how using fire stick techniques benefit the natural environment and local communities.

3. Your Teaching

20 minutes

Access a range of Cool Australia units of work and lesson plans that you can use straight away. Investigate traditional land management in your local area.

4. Reflection

15 minutes

Use a fun reflection tool to think about your learning and consider your next steps.

Further Study

No duration specified

After you’ve completed the course, you are welcome to explore these bonus lessons to deepen your learning.

User Rating


Latest Reviews

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Teach Traditional Land Management
by Jessica Wilson on 05/02/2018

Content was engaging and I took a lot from it. The additional links to resources were also very helpful.
Will definitely be using the gained knowledge to improve my teaching – I now feel a lot more comfortable teaching it all.

Teach Traditional Land Management
by Jolyon Gray on 17/07/2017

I feel confident now to teach on this topic of traditional land-care & management. Will be a great resource for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants when we are in remote areas and discussing flora, fauna and land-care & management.

Teach Traditional Land Management
by Justin Verco on 18/04/2017

Whilst I had a basic understanding of Indigenous fire stick burning at the onset of the course, I realised quickly how limited my understanding was. The course was an efficient and manageable way of gaining knowledge on the subject as well as useful resources to use with several of my classes to promote their understanding.

Teach Traditional Land Management
by Sarah Day on 14/12/2016

Good synopsis with links to useful resources.

Teach Traditional Land Management
by Mandy McGorman on 08/12/2016

I learnt so much about cool burning techniques and the benefits. I have lots of lesson ideas after completing the course.

About the team

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia


Kirsty helps teachers grow in their profession. She is the Head of Professional Development at Cool Australia, inspiring hundreds of educators each year. Kirsty shares her 15+ years of teaching and training experience. In her courses, she creates a dynamic space for teachers to be creative and curious. She builds teacher confidence and makes information relevant, helpful and powerful. Kirsty also has a background in communication and talking to people about change.

Cool Australia


Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit dedicated to supporting educators with tools to foster ‘learning for life’. We help integrate topics around sustainability, ethics, economics and wellbeing across the curriculum. This enables teachers of all age groups and disciplines to engage young Aussies in real-life learning whilst achieving Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. Our accredited professional development is designed to build your confidence, understanding and expertise. You will learn through a mixture of practical and thinking activities as well as hearing the stories of others. Plus you will access a range of teaching tools that can you can use straight away in your teaching.

This course is FREE with Online Subscription


If you hold a current TTA Subscription you can enrol into this course for free. To learn more, visit tta.edu.au/go/subscription

Please review the course details to learn how many PD hours this course contributes.