Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in ACT Public Schools

From 2018, the Education Directorate is taking a new approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education that is strengths-based with a focus on Cultural Integrity across all ACT public schools

Cultural Integrity describes the environment a school creates to:

  • Demonstrate both respect and high regard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, knowledge systems and languages
  • Welcome and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and local community members
  • Meet the learning needs and aspirations of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

A Cultural Integrity resource for all Directorate staff is the Cultural Integrity in ACT public schools Google Community. This is a space for staff to share and find professional learning material and resources for the classroom. To join the community, please click here.

Education Directorate provides several system wide programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in ACT public schools.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary and Tertiary Scholarships

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Scholarships are available to Senior Secondary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students interested in a career in teaching or the health field, or in attaining a vocational qualification post-year 12.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enrolled in an approved teaching or health course at either the University of Canberra, the Australian National University or the Australian Catholic University, Signadou Campus.

For further information, please contact the Senior Program Officer on (02) 6207 4782.

Student Aspirations Program

The Student Aspirations Program promotes participation in leadership opportunities and supports the retention and attainment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, focusing on pathways and transitions.

Activities and events facilitated through the Student Aspirations Program include the Years 5 and 6 Leadership Day, Destinations and Pathways Planning, and visits to local ACT universities.

For further information, to book a visit or to suggest an activity or event that would meet the Cultural Integrity priorities of your school, please contact the Senior Program Officer on (02) 6207 4782.

Koori Preschool Program

The ACT Directorate’s Koori Preschool Program provides 3-5 year old children with rich, play-based experiences aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework, in a culturally safe environment that includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum. Koori Preschools operate at the following school sites:

  • Ngunnawal Primary School;
  • Kingsford Smith School;
  • Narrabundah Early Childhood School;
  • Wanniassa School; and
  • Richardson Primary School.

Each Koori Preschool operates over two days. In addition to enrolment in Koori Preschool, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can enrol in their local preschool.

The Koori Preschool Program works closely with the ACT Child and Family Centres to develop strong partnerships with families, support parent engagement in children’s learning, increase enrolment and attendance, and link families with other programs that strengthen community and cultural connections.

Children from birth to three years can attend a Koori Preschool when accompanied by a parent or guardian, enabling greater family engagement and supporting transition to formal schooling.

For further information, please contact the Early Childhood Education Officer on (02) 6207 1106.

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