Aboriginal Education Services (AES) supports Learning Services, schools, colleges and child and family centres to develop practices and environments that improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal students and that address the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.
The work of AES is informed by Tasmania’s Aboriginal Education Framework (2016-2017) which is practically supported by 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 2015 and COAG targets.
- Tasmania’s Aboriginal Education Framework 2016-2017 (PDF, 500KB)
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy (2015) (PDF, 1.8MB)
AES works within Early Years and Schools to support the Department to develop strategies, policies and guidelines that are inclusive and that support closing the gap in educational outcomes for Aboriginal students.
The Aboriginal Early Learning team consists of seven Aboriginal Early Years Education Workers around the State who are based in four Child and Family Centres (CFCs) and a Senior Curriculum Officer based at AES. Aboriginal Early Years Education Workers 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, including Launch into Learning (LiL), may be run in schools or CFCs and nurture and stimulate young children’s learning and help children to become ready for school. Aboriginal Early Years Education Workers play a key role in building connections between schools and families with young children.
AES employs Aboriginal Education Officers (AEOs) who work across schools and 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. 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 support teachers and Aboriginal students in the areas of academic achievement, participation, attendance and retention and are a valuable asset to any school.
AES takes responsibility for developing an Aboriginal education forum that is engaging and which encourages schools to take part in practices that will lead to a more cohesive and equitable community without gaps in educational outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.
- Aboriginal Education Services (PDF, 870KB)
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, 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 student 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 academic achievement, participation, attendance, retention, transition points including pathways to post-school options and in contributing to a rich curriculum inclusive of Aboriginal content and perspectives across the curriculum.
- AEYEW handbook for CFC’s and schools (PDF, 606 KB)
- AEW Handbook for schools (PDF, 474 KB)
- AEW Funding Application Form (PDF, 270 KB)
Aboriginal Education Services Library
Phone: (03) 616 55480
Term access: The Library is open from 9.00am – 4.30pm weekdays.
School holiday access: 9.00am – 3.00pm (please contact reception on 616 55478 if you wish to visit).
Some of our DVDs 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 be 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.
See flyer below for more information.
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) toencourage and facilitate more public schools to visit TMAG for guided tours and cultural education programs.
Teachers can book groups into:
- Introductory Tour ofningina 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
Aboriginal Education Services
GPO Box 169
Hobart Tas 7001
30 Raminea Road Lindisfarne 7015 (entrance via Brammall Street).
Phone: (03) 6165 5478
Fax: (03) 6233 2466