Programs and initiatives for Aboriginal secondary school students
Moving to secondary (high) school
Year 6 Aboriginal students starting secondary school in 2023 can access the Enter for Success strategy. This gives them an opportunity to enrol and be accepted into any government secondary school they nominate. The strategy is designed to support the inclusion, attendance, participation, and retention of Aboriginal students in school.
You can enrol your child at a government secondary school of your choice and receive support to achieve the goals in your individual learning plan.
If you wish to participate in the strategy, you and your child should meet with your primary school staff to discuss the options of attending a secondary school other than your local zoned school.
SACE and Aboriginal students
Find out how SACE can help Aboriginal students achieve their goals and pursue different career paths. As part of their preparation for SACE students will undertake a subject called Personal Learning Plans (PLP). This is compulsory for all year 10 students.
This course will help students further develop the learning plan that they have been working on each year at school. It will help them to:
- make informed decisions about year 11 and 12 subjects and any courses outside school
- prepare for career options and other goals.
Aboriginal Program Assistance Scheme (APAS)
The Aboriginal Program Assistance Scheme (APAS) provides funding to schools to employ tutors to work with identified Aboriginal students in literacy and numeracy.
The school will notify parents and caregivers of their child’s involvement in the APAS program, and get a signed consent form giving permission for their child to be involved in the program.
For more information, speak to your child's school or contact Aboriginal Services on 8226 1214 or email Education.AboriginalServices@sa.gov.au.
School to work transition
Aboriginal students can participate in 'Workabout Centre' programs in the northern, southern, and western Adelaide areas, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, and Murraylands. The Workabout Centre offers a range of programs and services to support Aboriginal students to make a successful transition from school to work, higher education, or further training.
The Workabout Centre engages Aboriginal young people in educational and employment pathways and builds relationships between education providers, industry Aboriginal communities, and other organisations.
Student needs are addressed on a case-by-case basis, with a range of options available to help achieve their goals.
To be eligible for Workabout Centre services, students must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and enrolled in a public high school. Minimum ages may apply to some programs.
For more information contact the Aboriginal Education Directorate on 8226 4391 or email Education.WorkaboutCentre@sa.gov.au.
University and higher education
Support at TAFE
The TAFE Aboriginal Access Centre (ACC) helps Aboriginal people access and participate in vocational education. They provide:
- individual case management
- tutorial assistance
- e-learning resources.
For more information phone the TAFE SA Aboriginal Access Centre on 8303 2632.
Support at university
All South Australian universities encourage and help Aboriginal students to get into university, and provide assistance once they have enrolled in a course. More information can be found at:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: Wilto Yerlo – Adelaide University
- Wirringka Student Services – University of South Australia (UniSA)
- Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research – Flinders University.