Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant


The department will improve lifelong learning pathways for Aboriginal learners. This will include transitions: From home to school, through primary and secondary education and from school into further study and employment. The department is also committed to increase the participation and retention of Aboriginal students in schools.

The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant (EDAEG) adopts a number of strategies to develop and support Aboriginal people through the creation of training and employment opportunities.

Promoting diversity, innovation and service responsiveness in the NSW workforce, the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant subsidises the salary, development and support costs of Aboriginal employees in public service agencies and local government authorities.

The program also delivers work experience opportunities for Aboriginal students.

Timeframe for use:

This resource can be used by a range of school-based staff to support Aboriginal students who are looking to undertake a School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship through key transition stages in particular subject selection Stage 5 into 6 and post school pathways.

Intended audience:

Careers Advisors, Transition Advisors, Teachers.

Instructions for use:

Details on eligibility and how to apply can be found in the resource.

Evidence base:

Recent studies show a clear link between completion of Year 12 and positive future employment and higher educational outcomes.

Alignment to system priorities and/or needs:
Closing the Gap:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieve their full learning potential; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reach their full potential through further education pathways and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth are engaged in employment or education.

Alignment to School Excellence Framework:
Teaching Domain – Data Skills and Use, Learning Domain – Reporting, Leading Domain – Educational Leadership.

Consulted with:
Training Services NSW.

Reviewed by:
Aboriginal Education and Communities Directorate in collaboration with Training Services NSW.

Created/last updated:
December 2023.

Anticipated resource review date:
This resource will be reviewed in December 2024. To ensure ongoing improvement of this resource, feedback on this resource can be provided via the survey or QR code below.

Universal Resources - Aboriginal Education feedback survey QR code Universal Resources - Aboriginal Education feedback survey QR code

Resource Link

To access this resource, please visit: Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant.


  • DoE

Business Unit:

  • Aboriginal Education and Communities
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