Indigenous Education

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Indigenous Education is designed to attain two goals. The first is to ensure Indigenous students at all levels are able to participate in education and achieve appropriate, positive outcomes at an individual level. This can best be seen in the intent of the Updated ! National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy [2015].

The second is to develop programs that assist the wider community to increase their understanding of Indigenous culture and history. The aim is to remove prejudice or racial intolerance. Part of both goals is to ensure that Indigenous languages remain alive in Australia.

In working to achieve these goals, it is essential to have Indigenous input at all levels from development to presentation and support. All levels and groups encourage this.

The Indigenous Resources page provides support and additional resources. For more language information, go to the Indigenous Languages page.

This page looks at Indigenous education in all Australian states & Territories as well as some national information.


Commonwealth Government

Other Sources

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Policy Timeline
    ‘National milestones in higher education; Australian government legislation, reports, policies; and international conventions. This section of the site will be checked and updated by June 30 of each year from 2014 to 2019’. University of Notre Dame, Australia.
  • Aurora Education Foundation
    ‘The Aurora Education Foundation’s vision is to transform the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through education’.
  • Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
    ‘AIEF provides scholarships and support through its two core programs, the AIEF Scholarship Program and the AIEF Pathways Program’.
  • Updated ! Closing the Gap Report
    The Third Chapter covers education.
  • Indigenous Reading Project
    ‘Indigenous Reading Project is an independent organisation established in 2012. We are a passionate team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working to bring about change in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids’.
  • The Universities Australia’s Indigenous Strategy 2017-2020
    ‘Universities will seek to grow the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in university by 50 per cent above the growth rate of non-Indigenous students and also sets a target of equal success and completion rates for Indigenous students to non-Indigenous students in the same fields of study over the next decade’.
  • University Indigenous Education Units
    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium. Listed by states/territories.

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States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

  • Aboriginal Education Policy
    Catholic Education Commission. Canberra/Goulburn.
  • Updated ! ANU - Indigenous Communities
    ‘Here you will find Indigenous students and staff strongly committed to improving education outcomes that benefit Australian Indigenous communities’. The Tjabal Centre and Indigenous Department of ANUSA [Students’ Association].

Education Directorate

New South Wales

NSW Education Standards Authority

Department of Education

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Northern Territory

Department of Education

  • Updated ! Indigenous Schools
    Catholic Education Office. Looks at their role in Indigenous Communities and has links for information on their Indigenous schools.
  • Larrakia
    ‘With Advance Training International heading the skills training and Kormilda College improving the academic ability, Larrakia Development Corporation have created a solid foundation to get skilled Larrakia into positions to better their future’.
  • Narragunnawali Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning
    ‘Designed to support the 21 000+ early learning services, primary and secondary schools in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions’.


Department of Education

  • Deadly Kindies
    ‘Deadly Kindies is a collaboration between the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training. The initiative is designed to highlight the importance of Kindergarten in early childhood education and encourage attendance’.
  • New ! Indigenous Education
    ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from kindergarten to school leavers can benefit from education programs and services. They are designed to help communities work together to help Indigenous young people reach their education and career goals’. Sections cover :

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit
    ‘To become a centre of excellence and expert opinion on teaching, research and consultation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures’. University of Queensland.
  • CQUniversity Australia - TEP
    ‘Enabling program to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to assist them to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to undertake university study’.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
    Queensland Catholic Education Commission. Education Program Elements, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives, access an Education Action Plan.
  • Oodgeroo Unit
    QUT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support centre committed to developing better access to university education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and promote higher levels of participation in tertiary education’.

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South Australia

Department for Education


Department of Education

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Department of Education and Training

Western Australia

Department of Education

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