Aboriginal Education Services (AES) supports all child and family centres, schools, colleges and the Department of Education’s service areas to develop practices and environments that improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal students and enable all learners to deepen their knowledge of Aboriginal people in Tasmania. Through engaging with the world’s oldest continuous living culture, learners will understand that contemporary Tasmanian Aboriginal people are strong and resilient, with a rich and dynamic culture.
Our work focuses on the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures to understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We base our work with the Child and Family Centres on principles of the Early Years Learning Framework and with schools on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (1.4 and 2.4).
The work of AES is also informed by Tasmania’s Aboriginal Education Framework which in turn supports Tasmania’s Closing the Gap Strategy. This Strategy takes into account Tasmania’s unique socio-cultural context and responds to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy.
- Tasmania’s Aboriginal Education Framework
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy
AES works within the Support and Development Division to advise on and develop Department of Education strategies, policies and guidelines that are inclusive and that support closing the gap in educational outcomes for Aboriginal students and the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures across the curriculum.
AES provides a range of professional learning opportunities to support these goals.
Our diverse team is led by the Manager of AES who works alongside three Inclusive Curriculum Senior Curriculum Officers, a Teacher Librarian, an Inclusive Curriculum Project Officer, a Program Officer for Australian School-based Apprenticeships and the Administration Officers.
Aboriginal Early Years Education Workers (AEYEWs) are based in Child and Family Centres (CFCs) throughout the state. AEYEWs work closely with families of Aboriginal children from birth to five years of age to engage their children in a wide range of early years activities and programs. These programs nurture and stimulate young children’s learning and help children to become ready for school. AEYEWs play a key role in building connections between schools and families with young children.
AES employs Aboriginal Education Officers (AEOs) who work across schools across the state. They play an important role in schools for learners, teachers and the Aboriginal community. An understanding of local culture and strong community ties contribute to the improvement of educational outcomes for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners. AEOs support teachers and Aboriginal students in the areas of academic achievement, participation, attendance, retention, pathways and in developing a rich curriculum inclusive of Aboriginal histories and cultures across the curriculum.
AES supports schools to directly employ Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs). AEWs work with school principals and teachers to support Aboriginal learners in the areas of engagement and participation. They also play a key role in providing knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal people, community and culture within schools to promote better cultural understanding and supportive school environments.
The Orb is a collection of online multimedia resources designed to assist the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures.
It is highly visual and is suited to a range of learning styles. It embraces a number of Aboriginal ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing, including learning through narrative, connection to Country and cultural practice.
The Orb reflects the holistic nature of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and the interconnections between people, Country, culture, identity and the living community.
The Living Cultures multimedia resources have between three and five sections in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people share their stories about Country, cultural resources and practices. Each section contains short video clips and pages that contain either a quote and discussion questions, additional information, or investigations.
A selection of teaching materials including; learning tasks, inquiry-based investigations and illustrations of practice have been included to extend teacher and learner understanding of the concepts introduced within The Orb. These materials use Australian Curriculum achievement standards, content descriptors, general capabilities, and cross-curriculum priorities to support the planning, teaching and assessment of integrated units of work. It can be used across all learning areas and year groups. It is a publically accessible website.
Visit The Orb at www.theorb.tas.gov.au
Aboriginal Sharers of Knowledge Program (ASK) Program
Co-ordinator: Todd Sculthorpe
Phone: (03) 6165 5477
Aboriginal Educators in Schools
The Department employs Aboriginal Education Officers (AEOs), Aboriginal Early Years Education Workers (AEYEWs) and co-funds schools to employ Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs).
AEOs, AEYEWs and AEWs play an important part in education for staff, students and the Aboriginal community. An understanding of local culture and strong community ties contribute to the improvement of educational outcomes for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. AEYEWs are based in Child and Family Centres (CFCs) and work closely with families of Aboriginal children from birth to five years of age to engage them in early years initiatives that enhance their children’s learning.
AEOs and AEWs support teachers and Aboriginal students in the areas of wellbeing, access, participation, engagement, transition points including pathways to post-school options and in contributing to a rich curriculum inclusive of Aboriginal content and perspectives across the curriculum.
Aboriginal Education Services Library
The Aboriginal Education Library provides resources and information for:
- the programs run by Aboriginal Education Services, and
- teachers and learners in schools throughout Tasmania.
It has over 9000 items covering:
- Tasmanian Aboriginal resources – historical and contemporary
- Sets of readers that include Aboriginal perspectives and Aboriginal people
- Curriculum materials
- Literacy and numeracy testing tools.
New resources and information are promoted in a regular email. If you would like to receive this email please contact us.
You can search the Aboriginal Education Services Library Catalogue.
Here is a short two minute video about the Library.
Phone: (03) 616 55480
Term access: The Library is open from 9.00am – 4.30pm weekdays.
School holiday access: please contact reception on 6165 5478 if you wish to visit during school holidays.
Some of our video resources are available on the Aboriginal Education Services YouTube channel
Early Years Programs – Bush Kinder
Pre-school children can learn more about the bush in a culturally responsive way by learning alongside Aboriginal people.
Parents can bring their pre-school family and teachers can bring their kinder or Launching into Learning students to the weekly Bush Kinder session at Mount Nelson this year.
The Bush Kinder at the Sustainability Learning Centre is a joint venture between Aboriginal Education Services and the Sustainability Learning Centre.
TMAG Tours for Schools with an Aboriginal Learning Facilitator
AES and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) have collaborated to employ an Aboriginal Learning Facilitator (ALF) to encourage and facilitate more public schools to visit TMAG for guided tours and cultural education programs.
Teachers can book groups into:
- Introductory Tour of ningina tunapri
- Introductory Tour of Our land: Parrawa, Parrawa! Go away!
- Self-guided tours
- 2016 Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture Education Program –waranta mulaka yula We, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, hunt muttonbirds.
For further information and bookings visit the TMAG website booking page
TMAG Intro Video
TMAG Online Resources can be accessed here.
The Alma Lily Stackhouse Scholarship was launched in 2008 and is intended to honour her commitment to the value of higher education for young Aboriginal people by providing an annual scholarship for two years to support an Aboriginal student from a remote or rural area to access and complete senior secondary study. The goal of the scholarship is to facilitate the attainment of the Tertiary Entry Requirement to enter University or other tertiary-level study. Therefore funds received should be expended towards costs associated with the attainment of the Tertiary Entry Requirement, including, but not restricted to materials, equipment, travel and other costs of living whilst enrolled.