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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 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.

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

The Indigenous Resources page provides support and resources. For more language information, go to Indigenous Languages and for some Indigenous information, the Indigenous Australia pages.


Commonwealth Government

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States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

  • Aboriginal Education Policy
    Catholic Education Commission. Canberra/Goulburn.
  • 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 and Training Directorate

New South Wales

Board of Studies

Department of Education and Training

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Northern Territory

Department of Education

  • 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 and Training

  • 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’.
  • Indigenous Education
    ‘The department has an array of Indigenous education programs to support and extend Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. These draw upon the culture and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Indigenous perspectives are embedded in all programs to achieve positive educational outcomes for all’.
  • Indigenous Portal
    Solid Partners, Solid Futures. ‘A single point of accountability across the department for Indigenous policy and projects’. 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’.
  • Updated ! 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 and Child Development


Department of Education

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Department of Education and Training

Western Australia

Department of Education

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