Maritime archaeology has a poor record of involvement with the broader heritage community, particularly in relation to Indigenous peoples’ control of heritage. The development of a series of subdiscipline-specific guidelines for community-based, Indigenous archaeology methods would benefit the existing research and management paradigms within maritime archaeology in Australasia. Pursuing change and a vision of equity requires the assembly of a diverse range of practices, resources, stakeholders and partnerships. The collection of oral history requires a deep and personal confrontation with the past and the interview process is thus a collaborative exercise. Increasing the visibility of Indigenous cultures across the maritime archaeology discipline requires maritime archaeologists and Indigenous communities to work together. Building practitioners confidence to enact a collective discipline culture and philosophy of Indigenisation is central to Indigenising maritime archaeology. It is particularly necessary to improve the confidence of maritime archaeology practitioners concerning Indigenous matters.