Aboriginal access

Our Aboriginal Services team advises services how to engage and work with Aboriginal children and communities. Check out our programs and resources and get in touch with any questions.


Our programs and projects provide a framework of excellence which helps early childhood education services:

  • engage and work with Aboriginal children, their families and communities
  • offer a culturally safe learning environment where:
    • Aboriginal children can prosper
    • all children have the opportunity to learn the rich culture and history of First Australians.

Strategy and programs

We support Aboriginal children's learning and development with the following strategy and programs:

Information for services

Supporting Aboriginal children

Need guidance on implementing the National Quality Framework? Access our resources on supporting Aboriginal children.

Engaging with Aboriginal people

Your service can connect with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities by:

  • attending local meetings to get local advice on Aboriginal education
  • employing Aboriginal staff
  • inviting and paying local Aboriginal community members and Elders to run workshops, do storytelling
  • providing an environment that is culturally appropriate.

Making services culturally appropriate

You can make your service more culturally appropriate by considering the following:

  • raising the Aboriginal flag
  • using local Aboriginal language in welcome signs, room names and teaching
  • displaying local Aboriginal artwork
  • using Aboriginal resources
  • having staff attend Aboriginal cultural awareness training
  • having an understanding of Aboriginal English; bidilectical teaching strategies
  • celebrating Aboriginal culture, people and history and involving the Aboriginal community and families in organising the event.

Significant dates

Event Date
Yabun 26 January in Sydney
National Sorry Day 26 May
Reconciliation Week Usually the last week of May
Mabo Day 3 June
National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day 4 August
NAIDOC Week 4-11 July 2021


More information

Have a question? To get in touch with our Aboriginal Services team you can:

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