Indigenous Education

ACT public schools encourage indigenous students to participate in education so as to achieve equitable and appropriate educational outcomes, especially with literacy and numeracy skills.

Indigenous programs also aim to increase student understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives and to extend the teaching of these perspectives across the school curriculum. These programs assist schools to implement measures to address prejudice and racism and address the maintenance and development of Indigenous languages.

The AEP aims to provide a guideline for schools that ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander involvement in educational decision making; provide equality of access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to education services. In addition to those long-term goals, education and training providers implement strategies.

The ACT Department of Education and Training, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan 2006–09 has been developed in association with the Australian Directions in Indigenous Education and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy (AEP).

The Indigenous Education Consultative Body (IECB) provides advice to the Department of Education and Training. The IECB holds community meetings to provide parents, caregivers and members of Indigenous communities in the ACT with opportunities to discuss issues that they consider impact on educational outcomes for Indigenous students

The Department's Indigenous Policy and Organisational Practice section (IPOP) supports ACT public schools to implement the strategic directions of the plan and in particular coordinates the provision of the Indigenous Education Officers program.

The Department regularly reports to the ACT Legislative Assembly on achievements in Indigenous education in ACT public schools. Copies of these reports can be downloaded from this websi

Koori Preschool Program

The ACT Education and Training Directorate’s Koori Preschool Program, provides early childhood education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 3-5 years. Children under the age of three are welcome to attend when accompanied by a parent or adult carer.

The Koori Preschool Program provides opportunities for children to engage in rich play based experiences fostering a love of learning, student well being, transitions to school and the development of early literacy and numeracy skills. Within each program there is a strong focus on culture and identity. Collaborative partnerships between families and educators guide children's understandings in a culturally safe and inclusive learning environment.

Partnerships with external organisations such as the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and Child and Family Centres provide additional support to children and families.

Children may attend the Koori Preschool Program in addition to attending any preschool for which they are eligible. Children attend two sessions per week at one of the following sites:

Ngunnawal Koori Preschool -
Ngunnawal Primary School
Unaipon Crescent, Ngunnawal6205 6551Monday 9:00 – 1:30
Tuesday 9:00 – 1:30
Kingsford Smith (Holt)
Koori Preschool –
Kingsford Smith School
Cnr Hardwick Cres and Starke St, Holt 6142 3399Monday 9:00 – 1:30
Tuesday 9:00 – 1:30
Narrabundah Koori Preschool –
Narrabundah Early Childhood School
Kootara Crescent, Narrabundah6205 9766Thursday 9:00 – 3:00
Friday 9:00 – 3:0
Wanniassa Koori Preschool –
Wanniassa School (Junior Campus)
Sternberg Crescent, Wanniassa 6205 8055Thursday 9:00 – 1:30
Friday 9:00 – 1:30
Richardson Koori Preschool –
Richardson Primary School
May Gibbs Close, Richardson 61423630Monday 9:00 – 1:30
Tuesday 9:00 – 1:30

For information or enrolment in a Koori Preschool Program please contact the school which hosts the Koori Preschool.

Early Entry for Aboriginal Children or Torres Strait Islander Children

Early Entry placements are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the year prior to attending preschool. These placements are offered from Term Three of the school year for 15 hours per week, if places are available. Children can have access to nine hours per week in the Koori Preschool Program in addition to 15 hours of preschool at their local public school.

For information on early entry and enrolment, please contact your local Public Schoolor Koori Preschool.