Attend and learn how to
- Develop a culturally responsive curriculum to support students
- Improve cultural awareness in teaching practices
- Foster connections between community & develop trusted relationships
- Engage students to strive for their own academic success
- Strategies on lifting student engagement
- Catholic Education Offices
- Independent, Catholic & State Schools
- Career Services
- Associations & Peak Bodies
- TAFEs & RTOs
- State & Federal Government Departments of Education
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Attend to learn:
- Embed cultural awareness in teaching practices
- Instill high expectations within students
- Foster and enhance community engagement
- Support educational transitions to higher education
- Improve and deliver academic success for students
- Disaggregating to the demographical & categorical to transform the lives of students
- Elders in Residence Initiative – Identity, Values, Attitude, Action & Reality (IVAAR)
- CLOSING KEYNOTE: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in Victoria: The community based model and partnerships with government bodies, which continues to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in Victoria
Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School
Ned McCord is the Executive Director of the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School, a position he has held since 2010. From 2003 to 2012 he was the Director/Business Coordinator of the Bunuba Cattle Company, Leopold Downs and Fairfield Station. Ned has extensive experience in the management of broad acre cattle properties across northern Australia and the development of beef cattle herds suitable for the live export market. He is a former non-executive director of Livecorp and a member of the Live Export Research and Development Advisory Committee. Ned has worked collaboratively with Aboriginal pastoralists in both the Northern Territory and the Kimberley. He was a member of the Governing Council and Chair of Kimberley Training Institute from 2003 until 2012. Ned has played a leading role in the establishment of Yiramalay / Wesley Studio School. Yiramalay is a ground breaking educational initiative in outback Australia for secondary school students in Years 10,11 and 12. Yiramalay studio school is the first of its kind in Australia and is situated on Bunuba Country on Leopold Downs Station.
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc
A Bangerang/Wiradjuri woman, Geraldine Atkinson has devoted her career to expanding the possibilities available for Koorie people through education.
For over 30 years Geraldine has been a significant presence in the Koorie and wider Victorian community, beginning as an Aboriginal teacher aide in 1976 to her current role as President of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association.
Through her work for VAEAI Geraldine has gained broad experience within Koorie Education. In the 1970s Geraldine served as the VAEAI Adult Education and TAFE Specialist representative. Geraldine played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Minimbah Adult Education Program, which provided Koorie people with an opportunity to take a new direction through training.
Geraldine has also made a significant impact in the area of Early Childhood. The Lidje MACS child care centre near Shepparton was established in 1986 through a collaborative effort amongst which Geraldine was a leader. The centre was established out the recognition that many Koorie children were disadvantaged as a result of their lack of attendance in early years programs.
As a recognised leader in Koorie education, Geraldine became President of VAEAI in 1999, and has been re-elected every year since. As President Geraldine has been able to contribute her expertise to key policies and strategies that have shaped Koorie education and have yielded significant improvement in outcomes.
In October 2001, former Premier Steve Bracks, with Geraldine Atkinson, launched the renewed partnership in education and training, Yalca. Yalca, meaning Yellow Box gum in the Yorta Yorta language, supports a birth-to-death philosophy of education, placing the Koorie student at the centre of education policy and decision making, and acknowledges that local Koorie communities are best able to determine local education and training needs.
Geraldine also represents VAEAI on a number of national and state committees while maintaining her involvement at the regional and local level. Geraldine represents all Indigenous Education Consultative Bodies (IECBs) in Australian States and Territories on the Ministerial Taskforce for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEEDYA).
National Indigenous Critical Response Service & National Migrant Youth Support Service
Gerry Georgatos has spent the last decade as a suicide prevention researcher and in launching one national project after another with the focus to improve people’s life circumstances. Gerry argues that education is a profound protective factor to reducing suicide and suicidal ideation and to the nurturing of happier lives. In previous work he supported into and through tertiary education former inmates and homeless individuals. Gerry is currently the national coordinator of both the National Indigenous Critical Response Service and the National Migrant Youth Support Service – both these services work with the most vulnerable and trauma affected.
What People Are Saying
“Enlightening, engaging and thought provoking conference that empowers you to continue on the great journey of reconciliation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait people”Trinity Grammar School, Kew, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education & Transitions 2017 conference attendee
Date: 27 Sep 2018 By: Ash Natesh
Indigenous Children face tough challenges in most education systems. They often give up on education all together as they are not motivated enough and are often not given the resources that are necessary. Riley Court Bennet is from the Barkindji tribe from an Australian Indigenous tribal group from the Darling River basin in Far West New South Wales, …
Date: 5 Sep 2018 By: Ash Natesh
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the most significantly disadvantaged group in Australia. According to Oxfam Australia (2017), they are “one of the most impoverished and disadvantaged communities in the world”. There is a significant inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in health and life-expectancy. Indigenous Australians experience shorter life expectancy, higher rates of …
Date: 29 Aug 2018 By: Ash Natesh
Deanne Thomas has a lot of experience and leadership in indigenous education issues. She has developed a number of projects and programmes for teachers of Māori immersion, dual immersion and te reo Māori. She was a member of Te Ohu Matua, the reference group for the Ministry of Education in the development of Te Marautanga …
Date: 25 Jul 2017 By: Cara Shipp
After completing the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program in 2015, I obtained a grant to implement SSLP work within a new school structure at Wanniassa School, Tuggeranong, ACT – a school with 11% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, one of the largest populations in Canberra schools. This work, based on high expectations with high support, …
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The Institute of Social Justice and Human Rights
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Ngalla Maya is a not-for-profit organisation helping the most vulnerable and poorest to transform their lives and that of their families. Ngalla Maya turns no-one away and we do not give up on anyone. Redemption should be an inalienable right. In Australia, one in 9 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (First Nations peoples) have been to prison – an abomination that Ngalla Maya works to address. In Western Australia, one in 6 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been to prison.
Ngalla Maya works to inspire and commit former inmates to training and education opportunities that lead to employment. Ngalla Maya provides mentoring and psychosocial support to the trainee and to their family members if required.
First Nations Telegraph
First Nations Telegraph Pty Ltd is a family owned and operated business of Rhonda and Stephen Hagan from Toowoomba in southeast Queensland.
Rhonda and Stephen saw an opportunity to start their online business venture after working in the media industry and from listening to family, friends and associates complain about the difficulty they had accessing breaking news specific to their mob. Although Facebook and Twitter have whet the appetite of those close to them when it came to having a good yarn about topics of interest – whether real or imaginary – there remained for them that insatiable thirst for the immediacy of news coverage that they could access through their respective managed multiple social media accounts.
As a family owned and operated business Rhonda and Stephen are not constrained by management interfering in editorial processes or of management inflexibilty to media innovations driven by First Nations’ readers and their supporters.