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Department of Planning Industry and Environment – Aboriginal planning scholarships

Applications are now open for Aboriginal scholarships at University of New South Wales and University of New England.

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 scholarship program provides 4 Aboriginal students with an annual scholarship; 2 are available at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and 2 are available at the University of New England (UNE).

The scholarship is valued at $12,500 pa, and has a 12-week summer internship and a one-year full-time graduate role in the Planning and Public Spaces division.

Applications for 2022 are now open

The following courses qualify for the UNE scholarship program. UNE applications close 3 January 2022:

  • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Diploma in Town Planning
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Geoscience

Apply at the University of New England

The following courses qualify for the UNSW scholarship program. UNSW applications close 30 January 2022:

  • Bachelor of City Planning
  • Bachelor of Construction Management & Property
  • Bachelor of Environmental Management
  • Bachelor of Computational Design
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Apply at the University of New South Wales

Let’s do this – Get vaccinated and help keep our mob safe

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
  • Using masks

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 Tatafu here.

Watch and share the videos featuring Budjerah here and here.

Watch and share the video featuring Corey Tutt here.

Watch and share the video featuring Lesley Armstrong here.

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 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.
  • Visit for more information.

Tune in to our next Yarn Up

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:

Helen Gardiner
Aboriginal health COVID-19 Communications Lead
NSW Ministry of Health

Stay connected

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’s survival guide for online learning

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.

See Lesson Plan

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.

Check out the online survival guide for students

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.

Check out the online survival guide for families

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. 

Try the Wellbeing Five

New bachelor degrees at the University of Sydney for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students commencing 2022

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:

Bachelor of Arts (Extended):

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Extended):

Bachelor of Science (Extended): 

Bachelor of Science (Extended) (Health):

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:  

Admission requirements:

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: ">

Master of Indigenous Languages Education (MILE)

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.

Program Requirements

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.

For all details about MILE program content, and to begin your application online, please visit: or

Further enquiries
School of Education and Social Work
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Sydney

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Kids Christmas card competition now open!

Calling all creative children aged 5-12 to submit an artwork which represents this year’s theme: ‘Christmas in my community’.

Entries are now open for the Children’s Christmas Card competition.

The competition is open to children aged 5-12 years of any artistic ability and who are enrolled in school.

Kids are encouraged to include this year’s theme ‘Christmas in my community’ into their design.

Entries close at 11:59pm, Sunday 31 October, with the winner to be announced in November.

Find out more about the competition and the terms and conditions.

EOI for Project Officer: Pirru Thangkuray (Tamworth)

Readvertised Position

Expression of Interest
Location: Peel network (Tamworth)

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
• Aboriginality
• 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

  1. 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.
  2.  Include the names and phone numbers of 2 referees.

Applications due: Wednesday 27th October 2021 COB

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7NEWS Young Achiever Awards Nominations Now Open

The Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people throughout New South Wales and the ACT up to and including 29 years of age.

What types of achievements can people be nominated for?

  • If you know a young person who has:
  • Shown an act of kindness
  • Taken their business or other initiative online
  • Demonstrated innovation
  • Displayed leadership
  • Contributed to their community

You can nominate them here or find out more by heading to their website:

Expression of Interest for Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program 2022

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.


  1. Please read the detail below to determine your eligibility
  2. Chat with your manager about your interest in applying
  3. Request an application form (link below). Once received, fill out all the required fields
  4. 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.

For further details regarding the program please visit the Leadership Academy website.


If you have any queries, please email "> call Jacqui Shepherd on 02 7814 1778.