Victorian Koorie Languages in Schools Program

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


The program is founded on a strong partnership formed by the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI), the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL), the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and the Department of Education and Training (DET) to support their introduction.

What makes this pilot program unique and successful, is the collaborative effort behind them and the protocols in place to support them. For example, all Victorian Aboriginal language programs in schools must have school council, Traditional Owner and Koorie Community support through their Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (LAECG) before commencing. VAEAI can assist in this negotiation process where needed.

Classes are for all students in the target levels – both Koorie and non-Koorie; and all schools in the trial are teaching the traditional Aboriginal languages of the peoples whose land the school is situated on.

A dedicated website has been established through this unique collaboration to further support the pilot programs and the introduction of Koorie languages in schools through Web 2.0 technology. The VCAA Aboriginal Languages Victoria website includes a a start-up guide for both schools and Koorie community, the former VELS Victorian Aboriginal Languages standards and protocols guide for teaching Victorian Aboriginal Languages, and online language resources, sample units of study, a wiki and community forums/chat-rooms.

From term 1 2017, all Victorian government schools will be teaching to the new Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum - Victorian Aboriginal Languages has been developed by the VCAA in partnership with VAEAI and VACL, and is now available online. 

Follow these links to learn more about the Victorian Koorie Languages Schools Pilot Program and other school-based language programs and initiatives.

NAIDOC Bark Art created by Thornbury Primary School students