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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. 

Re-advertised: Community Engagement Officer and Policy Officer Positions


Community Engagement Officer and Policy Officer Positions

Community Engagement Officer (Identified Position)

NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc
Tamworth & North West NSW
Community Services & Development
Indigenous & Multicultural Services
$95,059 – $115,020 – 12 Months Contract
Full time

Community Engagement Officer (Identified position): 12-month temporary position. This is an Identified position under Section 14 (d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

Download the position statement: Community Engagement Officer (Identified Position)

To apply, please send a 2-page (max) cover letter with a 5 page (max) Resume to Catherine Trindall at ">

Applications close COB Wednesday 13th October 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

NSW AECG Inc Policy Officer

NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc
CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Community Services & Development
Indigenous & Multicultural Services$95,059 – $115,020 – 12 Months Contract

Applications from Aboriginal people are strongly encouraged.

Download the position statement: NSW AECG Inc Policy Officer

To apply, please send a 2-page (max) cover letter with a 5 page (max) Resume to Catherine Trindall at ">

Applications close COB Wednesday 13th October 2021. No late applications will be accepted.



Online YarnUp with the Aboriginal Languages Trust


The Aboriginal Languages Trust invites Aboriginal community members to participate in a series of online yarning sessions about language revitalisation in NSW. We’re asking our communities to help guide and inform the work of the Trust.

Their Strategic Plan will set the work to be carried out for communities over the next five years. We invite community members from each region to come, share and tell us how we can support your language aspirations.


 Please choose one focus region to attend and visit to register.

Registration closes COB Friday 8 October. Register for your chance to win a Trading Blak pack containing goodies from selected Blak businesses.

 Find out more at or email ">

YarnUp focus regions and dates are:

·       North Coast – Wednesday 13 October

·       Hunter Central Coast – Thursday 14 October

·       Greater Sydney – Friday 15 October

·       New England North West – Monday 18 October

·       llawarra South East – Wednesday 20 October

·       Binaal Billa Central West – Thursday 21 October

·       Murdi Paaki – Friday 22 October

Spread the word

The Aboriginal Languages Trust are keen to ensure widespread community engagement and would appreciate the Online YarnUp information being shared with as many community members as possible.

Below is an A4 flyer regarding the YarnUps for further community distribution.




NAISDA Dance College Applications

Do you know a young First Nations person with a passion for dance and culture? Perhaps someone thinking about their next step in the performing arts?
NAISDA Dance College is currently taking online applications for its 2022 intake of passionate and determined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers and performing artists aged 16 to 26. Applications for next year’s full-time training close on 1 November 2021. For more info, head to