The scholarships are funded by The Department of Planning Industry and Environment.
Department of Planning Industry and Environment value the experiences and knowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can bring to the work they do, especially in the field of land-use planning.
Increasing Aboriginal workforce in planning and public spaces, will ensure future planning work integrates the social, cultural, and economic impacts to Aboriginal communities.
The COVID-19 vaccines can help protect mob from getting really sick from the virus. It helps protect our community, Elders, family and friends.
It’s really important that everyone in our community come forward and get vaccinated now so that we can keep each other safe and get back to doing the things we love.
COVID-19 community resources
A range of community and stakeholder resources are available to help you get the message out to your communities, especially with restrictions easing, including:
Vaccines ‘Know the Facts’
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Practicing Sorry Business safely
Community champions encouraging mob
Worimi man, Professor Kelvin Kong and other local community champions are helping to spread the word to encourage more mob to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves, their family and community.
Share these videos across your networks
Watch and share the video featuring Blake Tatafuhere.
Watch and share the videos featuring Budjerahhere and here.
Watch and share the video featuring Corey Tutt here.
Watch and share the video featuring Lesley Armstronghere.
Tips to promote COVID-19 vaccination locally
Here are some tips to share across your network. There are templates available to adapt these messages locally. Download here.
1. Encourage people to book their vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free. All Aboriginal people 12 years and older can get vaccinated for COVID-19. Appointments are available at GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and NSW Health vaccination clinics.
Speak to your local GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or pharmacist, or visit nsw.gov.au to make a booking.
2. Remind people it’s important not to delay
COVID-19 is still around in our community and can spread very quickly. COVID-19 isn’t just affecting the elderly. Many young people are becoming very sick. The sooner we are all protected, the sooner we can gather together, connect again and get back to doing the things we love. So let’s do this NSW, let’s keep our mob safe.
Remember, it takes one to two weeks after your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to be fully protected, so it is important to continue to follow COVID safe practices to reduce your risk of catching and spreading the virus.
3. Access trusted information about the vaccine
Talk to your GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or Aboriginal Health Worker or pharmacist. They can provide information about the COVID-19 vaccines, how to book your vaccination and what to expect.
Call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080 for assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Centre for Aboriginal Health will be hosting another Yarn Up Q&A next Tuesday 26 October at 3pm on the NSW Health Facebook page. This series will focus on the facts about COVID-19 vaccination and respond to some of the misinformation circulating through the community.
Support and feedback
The NSW Centre for Aboriginal Health is available to support your COVID-19 communication needs. If you would like to provide feedback, suggestions or request messaging that is not covered in existing resources, please contact:
Aboriginal health COVID-19 Communications Lead
NSW Ministry of Health ">
Information changes quickly, stay up to date with the latest information across official NSW Health channels and follow your Local Health District for local information.
ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health service for young people and their parents. ReachOut Schools provides free, flexible resources for teachers to help them support their students, parents and carers.
It’s been an incredibly hard year for school communities as they’ve sought to adapt to online learning and deal with COVID-19 restrictions in different ways across the country. As exam time rolls around, teachers are trying hard to support stressed students.
ReachOut’s lesson plan will help students identify the impact study stress can have on their health, and go through practical strategies for dealing with that stress.
This year has seen a significant increase in students’ study stress, and many are not seeking professional support. ReachOut has put together a guide for surviving online learning which features study tips, links to lots of helpful resources as well as some fun content such as playlists.
Online learning has also been stressful and overwhelming for families. ReachOut’s online learning guide has tips to support parents and carers to manage their own wellbeing, as well as how to support their teen through this time.
Students have told us that they have been struggling to maintain their friendships due to COVID-19 restrictions. This Wellbeing Five is a short activity that supports students to explore strategies they can use to maintain their friendships during this stressful time.
There are four new bachelor degrees for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students commencing at the University of Sydney in 2022. The new degrees have come about from a collaboration since 2020 between the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, and the Office of the DVCISS/NCCC.
Links to the new, four-year degrees are provided below:
The extended bachelor degrees have been designed to extend the BA, BLAS or BSc by one year with a series of culture-centred units of study in Foundation Year and through a reduced study load for the first two years. During first year, it is anticipated that students will engage in their studies via block mode, attending six, week-long blocks at the University (or online as per NSW Government COVID-19 requirements) and complete the balance of their studies online between blocks.
Typically, funding is available for travel and accommodation for ABSTUDY-eligible, rural/remote students to attend blocks during the Foundation Year. From Year 2, students will typically engage in on-campus, face-to-face studies.
The design of the extended bachelor courses means that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students will study together in the majority of their units of study in first year. Admissions details below can be found on each course page:
This course is an alternative entry program:
(1) Admission to this course is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, who meet the process outlined in the Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015.
(2) Admission to this course will be on demonstrated potential for tertiary study to a standard sufficient to undertake the course as demonstrated in:
a numeracy and literacy diagnostic test;
a structured interview;
evidence of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) or Record of Student Achievement (RoSA), tertiary study or an approved preparation program; English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English;
a portfolio of written work or support material including a personal statement of intent for studying the course.
Enquiries about the degrees can be directed to:">
The Master of Indigenous Languages Education (MILE) program is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers who wish to develop their skills and specialise in any of Australia’s first languages.
MILE is a one-year two-semester degree, open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates with a recognised teaching qualification (a Bachelor of Education, or a Bachelor degree and Diploma of Education) and at least one year fulltime teaching experience since graduation. There is no language proficiency requirement for entry to the program.
Classes are 9am-5pm in six intensive one-week blocks (in person if possible; otherwise online):
Semester 1: 16-22 Jan, 27 Feb – 4 Mar, 19-23 Apr
Semester 2: 11-15 July, 15-19 Aug, 4-8 Oct.
You will complete eight units of study including linguistics, curriculum development and technology for languages education, and a substantial classroom-based research project.
Applications close 31 October 2021. Classes begin 16 January 2022.
The NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. (NSW AECG) is seeking expressions of interest for a Project Officer to join the Pirru Thangkuray team, with the aim to meet the Premiers Priority: to Increase the proportion of Aboriginal students attaining year 12 by 50% by 2023, while maintaining their cultural identity.
Type of Employment: Full time – 35 hours per week Annual Salary: $72,800 Gross plus Superannuation
Requirements of the position
• A paid Working with Children’s Check and National Police Check (Probity)
• Current Driver’s License
• Effective Oral and written Communication skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Demonstrated skills to engage and work across a variety of stakeholders
• Understanding of Education and working with Aboriginal students in High School
• Able to facilitate and deliver Cultural Engagement programs.
• Demonstrated ability to deliver goal setting strategies
• Knowledge of the Aboriginal Community
• Understanding and knowledge of: community, government and non-government service providers and support programs.
The successful applicant will work across a targeted number of schools within the Tamworth, Peel Network. The Project Officer will be an employee of the NSW AECG Inc. and will work in collaboration with the Pirru Thangkuray (Dream Strong) Cultural Engagement and Goal Setting Team. Note: NSW AECG Inc. considers that being Aboriginal is a genuine occupational qualification under s 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).
For further information please contact: Troy Freeburn, Project Coordinator at the Lismore Office on 0428 957 607 ">
How to apply for this position
A written Expression of Interest of no more than 2 pages, outlining your background, skills and experiences in relation to the requirement of the position as above.
Include the names and phone numbers of 2 referees.
The Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program (ACLDP) facilitates career and leadership development for high potential Aboriginal peoples in the NSW public sector who aspire to leadership roles.
The Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program has a strong focus on the intersection between Aboriginal leadership and public sector leadership, and equips participants with the capabilities to be effective people managers and leaders. The 12 month program will commence in February 2022. The program starts with the NSW Government Hogan 360 and includes four individual coaching sessions, the opportunity to learn with your peers and with people leaders from other cohorts. It also includes self-directed modules for you to complete at a time that best suits you.
Please read the detail below to determine your eligibility
Chat with your manager about your interest in applying
Request an application form (link below). Once received, fill out all the required fields
Ask your manager to fill out the manager fields and then send through to the ">by 17th October.
Please note:places are strictly limited and your placement in the program is not guaranteed. Successful nomination into the program will be determined based upon eligibility and merit.
There are 2 streams to the ACLDP, the People Manager Stream for Grades 7/8 – 9/10 (or equivalent) and the Pathway to Senior Executive Stream Grade 11/12 (or equivalent) which prepare participants to transition to senior leadership roles.
Suitable candidates in the People Manager and Pathway to Senior Executive stream include those who are:
high potential Aboriginal staff who are self-directed, highly motivated and committed
in ongoing employment in substantive roles or minimum 18-month temporary roles from Grades 7/8-9/10 (or equivalent); or
in ongoing employment in substantive roles or minimum 18-month temporary 11/12 (or equivalent) roles, and
demonstrating leadership capabilities in their current role and want to make a difference in the NSW public sector.