Professional learning and resources

A range of anti-racism and multicultural education professional learning programs are available for school staff, students and community.



Anti Racism Contact Officer blended online training course


This course is for nominated Anti-Racism Contact Officers (ARCO) who will further develop the skills and knowledge required for the ARCO role including; understanding the dimensions of racism and detrimental effects of racism and racial discrimination in the school context. Participants will also explore legislation and department policies and build skills so that they become confident ARCOs.

Courses are regularly advertised through SchoolBiz or access sessions on MyPL.

Anti Racism Contact Officer blended online training course – Tutor Training


Experienced ARCOs are selected through an EOI process to become ARCO Tutors who deliver the ARCO blended online training course (NRG00129).

This one day train the trainer course is held once each term.

Interested ARCOs can contact the Anti-Racism Education Advisor for information on 7814 3394.

Facing up to Racism

Part 1 online


The Facing up to racism blended professional learning uses a framework of building awareness, committing to change and replacing negative assumptions, messages and behaviours with positive ones.

Part 1 of the course, is a five hour interactive online component aimed at developing confidence of staff to identify, understand, discuss and challenge racism in a constructive way. Part 1 is a prerequisite for part 2 of the course.

Participants enrol in the online component through MyPL.

Facing up to Racism

Part 2 workshop


This 6 hour workshop builds on the cognitive framework for understanding explored in the online component.

Through collaborative learning, participants engage with learning strategies that allow them to challenge racism in their professional practice and every day personal interactions.

To enrol in this course participants must have completed part 1 (NRG02846) of the course. Courses are periodically scheduled throughout the state and can be delivered by request.

Culturally Inclusive Teaching and Learning


This is a self paced, 4 hour online training course supported by the participant’s supervisor. The professional learning in this course will support participants to develop and implement strategies and practices to implement culturally inclusive teaching and learning.

For additional information, contact the Anti-Racism Education Advisor on 7814 3394.

Department anti-racism education resources for use in schools include:

  • Anti-racism education – advice for schools outlines racism in Australia, breaking the cycle of racism, effects of racism in schools and indicators of racism.
  • Racism. No way! is an innovative anti-racism education website targeting all members of Australian school communities. It includes a comprehensive set of resources to assist schools, teachers and students to understand and counter racism in schools. It also includes NSW Cultural Exchange which promotes intercultural understanding and community harmony.
  • Anti-racism resources and kits are available from the Henry Parkes Equity Resource Centre
  • Racism hurts (PDF 242KB) promotional posters – a set of 5 posters (racism hurts me, racism hurts you, racism hurts everyone, reject racism and speak out against racism). You can request sets of these posters in A2 size from the Equity Resource Library. Alternatively you may print the posters in A3 size.
  • Posters for ARCOs – promotional posters including a space to insert the ARCO’s name, photograph and contact details.
  • Using picture books for intercultural understanding: Learning across the curriculum PDF (1.55MB) is a resource for Geography, History, English, Creative Arts K-10. The resource suggests learning activities based around picture books selected for their value in developing intercultural understandings and their literary worth.

Professional learning

The activities suggested can be used individually, in small groups or during staff meetings.

The icebreaker quizzes and discussion starter videos below can be used for staff professional learning. Use the suggested structured outlines or devise outlines that are better suited to your local concerns.

Understanding racism Activity type Outcome Time frame
Cultural diversity in Australia (PDF 130KB) Icebreaker quiz Participants recognise that cultural and linguistic diversity has been a feature of society in Australia since ancient times. 15 minutes
Challenging racism (PDF 130KB) Icebreaker quiz Participants recognise that racism has many forms and that no form of racism is permitted in learning and working environments of the Department of Education. 15 minutes

Bubalamai Bawa Gumada: Healing the Wounds of the Heart Resiliency against racism (PDF 117KB)

Discussion starter Healing the Wounds of the Heart uses the voices of respected and highly successful Aboriginal Australians who discuss the impact of racism on their life. 60 minutes
Reflections on being Australian (PDF 129KB) Discussion starter This trigger stimulates discussion about the ideas and experiences of young people to get participants talking about cultural and linguistic diversity and what "being Australian" means. 40 minutes
Finding a place (PDF 118KB) Discussion starter This trigger stimulates discussion about how school communities can adapt to the changing characteristics of the student enrolment. 55 minutes
Identifying racism Activity type Outcome Time frame
Playing the game (PDF 116KB) Discussion starter Stimulates discussion about whether specific behaviours or incidents are indicators of racism. The discussion helps to answer the often asked question in school communities, ‘What is racism? 40 minutes
The whistle blower (PDF 122KB) Discussion starter Focuses on institutional racism and stimulates discussion about the impact and consequences of racist behaviours on individuals and institutions. 40 minutes
To be or not to be (PDF 107KB) Discussion starter Stimulates discussion about the benefits to school communities of implementing anti-racism education and tackling possible influences rather than ignoring them. 40 minutes
No yakking (PDF 98KB)  Discussion starter Stimulates discussion about the myths and realities of students using their first language to support their learning in class and their learning of English. 40 minutes
Just listen (PDF 115KB) Discussion starter Stimulates discussion about ways for staff to effectively interact with students and community members from language backgrounds other than English. 40 minutes
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