Indigenous Education

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

As part of the ACT Education Directorate’s 2016 Action Plan, the Directorate is committed to achieving more equitable education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students by:

  • Providing support to personalise learning, increase pathway opportunities, and year 12 completion;
  • Developing and implementing leadership opportunities and mentoring programs for students;
  • Improving attendance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students;
  • Implementing the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Whole of Government Agreement.

Strategies to close the gap in education outcomes include:

Student Aspirations Program

The Student Aspirations Program is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 5 to 12 who display high academic achievement, show leadership potential and are consistently engaged in their education. The program offers a range of activities and experiences based on student interest.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officers

The role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officers (IEOs) is to support students through key transition points in their education, build connections and relationships between schools, families and communities and support students and teachers in the school environment. In primary schools, this can also include classroom support.

Family Support and Student Engagement

The Senior Social Worker, Family Support Officer and Student Engagement Officer work with families, students, other Directorate staff and external agencies to encourage greater engagement with education and to assist with issues that may hinder school attendance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Scholarship Programs

Every year, a number of secondary scholarships are offered to students who wish to pursue careers in teaching, the health field or a vocational qualification. Year 10 students can apply for a two year scholarship for years 11 and 12 valued at up to $4000 per year.

Students enrolled in an approved teaching or health degree at the University of Canberra, Australian Catholic University (Signadou Campus) or the Australian National University, are eligible to apply for scholarships worth up to $20,000.

Contact the Student Aspirations Coordinators on (02) 6205 0156 or (02) 6207 9602 for additional information regarding the secondary and tertiary scholarship programs.

Tutorial Support Scheme

Each semester, high schools and colleges are invited to apply for funding through the Tutorial Support Scheme. The funding enables high schools and colleges to engage qualified teachers or a reputable tutoring agency to provide tutorial assistance or to make arrangements within existing staff configurations.