Policy and Research Unit
Published in 2014, this series of case studies is themed around building respect and recognition for Koorie history and culture, across the spectrum from early childhood through to schools and higher education and training.
Thornbury Primary School, nestled in Melbourne’s northern suburbs on Wurundjeri land, is about to celebrate its 100 year anniversary. With 43 Koorie students, in a school population of 345, the school has the highest number of Koorie students in the metropolitan area, and a long history of working with both Koorie students and Koorie educators.
The Victorian Koorie Languages Schools Program and pilot trial has developed from the strong and long-term desire of Koorie families and communities for language and cultural learning in education, and improved education outcomes for their children.
The National Indigenous Education Consultative Bodies Network, of which VAEAI is a member, forwarded a submission to the Federal Government's Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S18C) Bill 2014, voicing its collective opposition to the exposure draft.
VAEAI's Submission to the Federal Government's Proposed Reforms to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975
VAEAI's submission to the Federal Government's Freedom of Speech (Repeal of S18C) Bill voices its opposition to the exposure draft. The submission details VAEAI's concerns that these proposed reforms can be detrimental to the self-esteem and wellbeing of Aboriginal people, leading to poor health and education outcomes, with lifelong impacts.
VAEAI Submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the extent, benefits and potential of music education
VAEAIs submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Education and Training Committee’s Inquiry into the extent, benefits and potential of music education in Victorian schools
In the past decade Koorie education policy and practice has undergone significant changes, and VAEAI sees the current environment as an ideal opportunity to ‘take stock’ of progress in Koorie education during this time.
The Victorian education environment in which Koorie students are placed is one of high standards and achievements, with numerous opportunities available to Koorie and non-Koorie learners throughout the compulsory schooling years and beyond.
In 1990, the Victorian Government and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) formalised their roles regarding the education of Koorie people by entering into a partnership - Partnership in Education: Koorie Education Policy, and again in 2001 with Yalca: A Partnership in Education and Training in the New Millenium.
In Victoria, Koorie students are dispersed widely across the state with around 70% of government schools having between one and five Koorie enrolments. This dispersal can lead to funding difficulties as both student-targeted and school-targeted models risk not adequately supporting Koorie students.