Links to recommended websites
The websites below provide information on resources relevant to educators of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Aboriginal Education Unit, Tasmania
Aboriginal Education Unit manages a number of programs aimed at
supporting Aboriginal Students, the provision of more Tasmanian
Aboriginal culturally relevant and inclusive curriculum materials and
resources, and support for schools and pre-school services to be more
culturally sensitive and inclusive learning environments.
Aboriginal Perspectives Across the Curriculum (APAC) (WA)
Perspectives Across the Curriculum (APAC) is a project that aims to
broaden and deepen students' and teachers' understanding of Aboriginal
cultures and ways of being. Teaching APAC will assist all students to
be able to look at the world from an Aboriginal viewpoint and
understand the different Aboriginal points of view on a range of issues
such as reconciliation, social justice and equality.
Why was APAC developed?
APAC project has been developed to provide teachers and schools with a
wide range of resources, to enable them to improve the academic
performance of Aboriginal students. It will also provide resources that
will assist teachers to implement Aboriginal Studies.
Department of Education and Training (DET) staff are obliged to
undertake Cultural Awareness training. The APAC site contains
resources, links and further information that will support staff to
meet their obligations.
Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual Library
Internet Guide to Aboriginal Studies. There are links to University
Programs, Governmental Web Resources, Aboriginal History, Intercultural
Relationships, Native Title, Aboriginal Languages, Art & Culture,
Bibliographies and an Online Bookstore.
Australian Bureau of Statistics Education Services
The Education Services Unit of the ABS provides a wealth of Indigenous data and resources through the "Indigenous Statistics for Schools" (ISS) resource on its website. The purpose of this online resource is to introduce statistics about Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
ISS a wealth of information about:
- The importance of Indigenous statistics
- How Indigenous statistics are collected and factors which impact on the collection, dissemination and interpretation of Indigenous statistics.
- Indigenous Census questions pre- and post-1967 Referendum
- Statistics about Indigenous Population, Education, Work, Income, Industry and Occupation, Housing and Health
- Complete glossary of terms
Australian Human Rights Commission
Working towards an Australian society where human rights are for everyone, everywhere, every day.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Our Vision: Worldwide knowledge and understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures, past and present.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
(AIATSIS) is the world's premier institution for information and
research about the cultures and lifestyles of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples.
Institute undertakes and encourages scholarly, ethical community-based
research, holds a priceless collection of films, photographs, video and
audio recordings and the world's largest collections of printed and
other resource materials for Indigenous Studies, and has its own
activities affirm and raise awareness among all Australians, and people
of other nations, of the richness and diversity of Australian
Indigenous cultures and histories.
The functions of the Institute are:
- to undertake and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies;
publish the results of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies
and to assist in the publication of the results of such studies;
conduct research in fields relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander studies and to encourage other persons or bodies to conduct
- to assist in training persons, particularly
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as research workers in fields
relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies;
establish and maintain a cultural resource collection consisting of
materials relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; and
- to encourage understanding, in the general community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies.
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Dust Echoes series is a collection of twelve aboriginal dreamtime
stories collected from the Wugularr (Beswick) Community in Arnhem Land
in the Northern Territory, Australia.
stories were recorded as audio and then interpreted as short animated
movies by some of Australia's most talented emerging animators, and
have enjoy screenings at film and animation festivals all over the
world, to great critical acclaim.
Dust Echoes series was produced in two parts. In 2004, working with the
Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation in Arnhem Land, the first four
animations were produced by the ABC in Association with Deakin
University. In 2007, The ABC then went on to produce an additional
eight animations, again working with Djilpin Arts. See individual
animation credits for more details on each animation.
website aims to further explore these beautiful stories, to educate and
entertain young people in order to instill a respect and thirst for the
wealth of indigenous culture and stories on our door step.
Australia is one of the nation's largest producers of television
documentaries and educational programs. They have a particularly large
collection known as 'Indigenous Perspectives', a unique collection of
film, video, stills and sound material which includes an invaluable
record of life in indigenous communities of Australia, Papua New Guinea
and the South Pacific, from the early 20th century to the present. The
Indigenous Studies catalogue features a selection of over 170 programs.
Footprints in Time - A Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children
This report gives some fascinating insights into families and the way families work to create a positive educational experience for their children.
This recent Australian report is very insightful.
Koori Economic Employment & Training Agency Inc acts in the
capacity of peak Indigenous representative body in Australia's Goulburn
Valley for economic employment and training issues.
performs this role either as a consultation organisation for the local
indigenous community or as a direct service provision agency.
has broken new ground in partnership arrangements with the likes of the
business sector through its proactive training programme, 'Ladders to
Success,' that facilitates he transition of young indigenous people
into the mainstream workforce and "Jobs 4 U 2" providing career
guidance in schools.
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission - Voices of Australia
2005, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission invited people
to share their stories about diversity and living together in
contemporary Australia. The response was overwhelming - 500 stories
came in from people of all ages and backgrounds from around the
country. Their stories are warm, funny, painful, moving - and all have
something important to say. The Voices of Australia audio CD is an
honest look at how we live together. The stories give us the
opportunity to listen to each other - the starting point to
understanding and respect. They are also a powerful way of marking the
30th anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act - Australia's first
federal anti-discrimination law.
For more information about the project and to enjoy the stories, visit the website.
National Museum of Canberra
National Museum of Australia explores the land, nation and people of
Australia. The Museum celebrates Australian social history in a unique
way by revealing the stories of ordinary and extraordinary Australians,
promoting the exploration of knowledge and ideas and providing a
dynamic forum for discussion and reflection.
Stories of the Dreaming
museum online Indigenous Australia site. Background information on
Indigenous culture, stories of the Dreaming, Student factsheets &
dictionaries, Teacher resources on Indigenous studies and curriculum
guidelines, and a virtual tour of Museum Australia's Indigenous
The Indigenous Education Ambassadors Program
Aim: To promote the importance of education, literacy and numeracy to Indigenous students and their parents.
How are Ambassadors selected?
are selected for their high profile roles in the areas of education,
community leadership, sporting endeavours, health and entertainment. 18
Ambassadors have been selected for this programme. It is envisioned
that this list will expand to include local and regional leaders. The
Ambassadors have in common experience, leadership skills, commitment to
education and recognition in Indigenous communities.
the world-wide success of Ten Canoes, the Yolngu people of Ramingining
in Arnhem Land offer the world a more in depth view of their society
and culture. One of the oldest cultures in existence shares its stories
using the most modern technology.
Twelve Canoes is a website
which paints a compelling portrait of the art, culture, history and
place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the town of Ramingining
and the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern
The high-end site is a work of art in itself;
honouring the people of the Arafura swamp, and built around twelve
filmed 'visual poems? describing and illustrating many aspects of
Yolngu history, life and culture from Creation, Our Ancestors, The
Macassans, First White Men, Thomson Time, The Swamp, Plants and
Animals, and Seasons, to Kinship, Ceremony, Language, and a slice of
contemporary life in Nowadays.
Other features of the site
include galleries which showcase Ramingining art and artists, music and
songmen, language and common terms, and photographs that capture the
essence of life in the region.
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated
in 1976 as the Victorian Aboriginal Education Consultative Group
(VAECG), the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI) is
a community based and controlled organisation. The major aim of the
VAECG was to develop processes for the involvement of Victorian Koorie
community members in decision making regarding education and training
provision for Koorie students. This goal continues to be the core of
the organisations' principles of Koorie community empowerment.
Why Warriors lie down and die
Warriors now has a website with on-line resources available for those
interested in Cross-Cultural research and education, especially in the
context of Aboriginal communities. Link directly to the on-line