Connected Communities

Connected Communities is implemented to achieve Aboriginal student educational outcomes in complex and diverse communities in NSW.

The Connected Communities Strategy (PDF 665KB) is an innovative approach to address the educational and social aspirations of Aboriginal children and all young people in 15 schools in 11 of the most complex and vulnerable communities in NSW. The schools are all located in rural and regional areas.

View the Map of Connected Communities school areas (PDF 166KB) or view accessible list of Connected Communities school areas.

The Department of Education developed the Connected Communities Strategy after extensive consultation with the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc., principals’ groups, the NSW Teachers Federation and community representatives.

The Strategy is a new approach to how we deliver education and training in our most vulnerable communities, and to how we link to other related services, such as health, welfare, early childhood education and care, and vocational education and training.

We want our schools to be the centre of these communities by delivering services that respond to local needs – in order to improve student learning, community wellbeing and social outcomes through effective leadership, good governance and genuine community partnerships.


The key deliverables are:

  • Aboriginal children are increasingly developmentally ready to benefit from schooling in their physical health, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills and communication.
  • Aboriginal families and community members are actively engaged in the school.
  • Attendance rates for Aboriginal students are equal to the state average.
  • Aboriginal students are increasingly achieving at or above national minimum standards and overall levels of literacy and numeracy achievement are improving.
  • Aboriginal students are staying at school until Year 12 (or equivalent training).
  • Aboriginal students are transitioning from school into post school training and employment.
  • Aboriginal parents and carers report that service delivery from the school site is flexible and responsive to their needs.
  • Aboriginal students and communities report that the school values their identity, culture, goals and aspirations.
  • Staff report that professional learning opportunities build their capacity to personalise their teaching to meet the learning needs of all students in their class.
  • Staff report that professional learning opportunities build their cultural understandings and connections with the community.
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