Toni Bauman


Toni Bauman is an Honorary Staff member at CAEPR and a Visiting Research Fellow at AIATSIS. She is also working on a case study as part of CAEPR and AIGI’s Governance and Development project.

She is an anthropologist, coach, mediator, facilitator and trainer, a director of Dodson, Bauman & Associates and was for a number of years the AIATSIS Senior Research Fellow in governance, public policy and cultural competence. She has published widely, made presentations to a range of national and international audiences, facilitated many workshops and forums, and been involved in developing policy for Indigenous organisations and governments. Toni has over thirty years of experience in Indigenous land and native title claims, governance, agreement-making, decision-making and dispute management processes including free, prior and informed consent for sustainable outcomes, joint management of protected areas, government policy, cultural competence, art and craft, program evaluation, partnerships, and feasibility studies. She has worked as a staff member and consultant for government departments, statutory authorities and Indigenous organisations.

Toni has delivered a range of governance training including to: staff of Native Title Representative bodies, Service Providers and land councils; the Kakadu Board of Management and the Central Land Council. In 2008, she was selected to participate in Prime Minister Rudd’s Australia 2020 Summit; In 2018, she led and facilitated a national governance forum at AIATSIS in partnership with the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and attended the First Nations Forum hosted by ANU at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

In 2016 Toni led the development of modules for an online cultural competence program for all Commonwealth employees called Core. She was the chief investigator on the Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project at AIATSIS (2003-2006) and subsequently for the Federal Court of Australia’s Indigenous dispute resolution case study project, ‘Solid Work you Mob are Doing’ and authored the AIATSIS publication, Aboriginal Darwin. Toni is also the author of Aboriginal Darwin: A guide to sites of the past and present.

- Co-Director and consultant, Dodson, Bauman & Associates Pty Ltd, Legal, Anthropological, Governance and Mediation Consultants


Toni Bauman



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