Schools and educators


The following programs and resources assist schools and educators with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schooling.

Indigenous STEM Education Program

CSIRO is implementing an Indigenous STEM Education Program aimed at increasing participation and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There are 6 elements to the program catering to students as they progress through primary, secondary and tertiary education, and into employment, including in remote communities. Elements include summer schools and excellence awards.

Dandiiri-Inala School and Community Library

The Dandiiri-Inala School and Community Library has a wide range of resources reflecting all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture and history. The collection includes fiction and non-fiction books for all ages, DVDs, artefacts and toys.

State Library of Queensland—Indigenous resources

Find State Library of Queensland resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Find out about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, language centres and language resources in Queensland.

Be Deadly Online

Be Deadly Online provides cybersafety resources designed for Indigenous communities. It includes lesson plans and videos targeted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

MilbaDjunga Smart Money

The MilbaDjunga Smart Money education units help teach responsible money management to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. These resources are in line with consumer and financial literacy in mathematics in the Australian Curriculum.

YuMi Deadly Maths

Professional development in YuMi Deadly Maths is offered by Queensland University of Technology YuMI Deadly Centre. The aim of YuMi Deadly Maths is to enhance the mathematics teaching capacity of schools using a train-the-trainer model to develop strategies that effectively engage Indigenous students. Four centres of excellence have been established to support schools implementing the YuMI Deadly Maths approach.

Deadly Science

Deadly Science is a Certificate III in Indigenous Land Management program, currently run on the north side of Brisbane. This initiative has been developed to address engagement, retention, attainment and pathway opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people in Years 11 and 12 in metropolitan region schools. The Deadly Science course is a heavily outdoor-based qualification with many course components comprised of natural area restoration and revegetation and weed control activities.

Crackerjack Education: sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture

Crackerjack Education has been developed to help young Australians in mainstream classrooms understand the depth and beauty of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture by providing a range of interactive resources for teachers, parents and educators.

Solid Pathways

The Solid Pathways pilot project aims to support high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and students in out-of-home care for continued academic success and university studies. The students from Years 4–12 use online programs for critical and creative thinking, peer interaction and experience with the idea of university studies as they move through school and on to tertiary education or work.

Solid Choices, Healthy Futures

Solid Choices, Healthy Futures is a developing sexual health curriculum aligned to the Australian HPE Curriculum released in February 2014. The focus is on year levels 5–6, 7–8, 9–10 and unit plans including assessment tasks are available.

Indigenous Student Ambassador Network

The Indigenous Student Ambassador Network (ISAN) promotes a strong sense of cultural identity and leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The ambassador network enables Indigenous student leaders to share ideas and identify issues for social action projects in their schools and communities.

Last updated 12 February 2020