Assistance Available to Koorie Students

Victorian government schools are required to work with Koorie students and families to develop Individual Education Plans. The plans aim to provide wrap around support for students and to explicitly detail student aspirations and develop an education plan that assists students achieve agreed outcomes.

 

Wannik Individual Education Plans

Victorian government schools are required to work with Koorie students and families to develop Individual Education Plans. The plans aim to provide wrap around support for students and to explicitly detail student aspirations and develop an education plan that assists students achieve agreed outcomes.

For more information you can contact your local Koorie Education Coordinator through your Regional Office, or download the Wannik Individual Education Plan guidelines.

Wannik Education Scholarships

The Wannik Education Scholarship is available to high achieving Koorie students studying year 11 and 12 in Victorian government schools. Up to $5000 over two years is available to successful applicants.

Up to 20 scholarships are awarded each year.

For more information contact your local Koorie Education Coordinator Officer, email the Wannik Unit at DET - wannik@edumail.vic.gov.au, check the Department of Education and Training (DET) website or download the Wannik Education Scholarship guidelines.

Wannik Tutorial Assistance

Funding is provided directly to Victorian state schools for tuition for eligible Koorie students. Due to recent budget changes, tutorial assistance is now only available to Koorie students in Prep to year 3.

For more information contact your closest Koorie Education Coordinator Officer or email wannik.tutorial@edumail.vic.gov.au

Koorie Academy of Excellence

In 2012 VAEAI and the Northern Metropolitan Region of DET piloted the Koorie Academy of Excellence (KAE). The KAE is about helping students complete school while developing their confidence, self-belief and know-how to successfully pursue their goals, aspirations and dreams.

The KAE is a virtual environment that compliments students' day to day learning. Academy members will be exposed to a broad range of leadership, cultural and social activities that are designed to get them really thinking about what they are good at, what they enjoy and what they aspire to.
For more information contact April Pender, Koorie Academy Liaison Officer.

AIME: Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience

AIME provides a dynamic educational mentoring program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous kid’s finishing school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment.

AIME delivers a range of different programs, for students in years 9-12 in Victoria. The Core Program targets local Indigenous high school students who attend schools that are able to visit an AIME partner university campus on a weekly basis. The Outreach Program extends the AIME experience to Indigenous high school students from further afield through a more intensive full day format.

To find out more about AIME and how you can get involved, see their website, or contact Ella Colley on ec@aimementoring.com.

Clontarf Academies

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.

Clontarf has a number of academies across Australia including five in Victoria at, Bairnsdale, Mildura, Swan Hill, Robinvale and Warnambool. The academies aim to boost attendance rates and learning outcomes at school by helping students develop self-esteem and positive attitudes towards health, education and employment.

Academies expose participants to a wide range of life experiences which aim to challenge and develop students and reward their achievements with trips and exposure to new challenges.

For more information about your closest academy please visit the Clontarf website.

Wannik Dance Academies

Wannik Dance Academies are an initiative of DET and aim to provide an educational program based around dance for Years 7 – 10 female Koorie students.

The academies were established 2010 and are located at Ballarat, Eaglehawk and Mooroopna Secondary Colleges. They offer a specific dance program aligned to the regular school curriculum.

For more information contact participating schools or the Wannik unit at DET - wannik@edumail.vic.gov.au

Yalari Scholarships

The Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship Program is run by Yalari. It is available for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from regional, rural and remote communities throughout Australia who are starting their first year of secondary education. Each year Yalari offers 50 full boarding school scholarships.

Yalari scholarships usually open in early January, the year before the student is due to begin their first year of secondary education (e.g. Yalari scholarships will open for applications on 3rd January 2017 for students starting secondary school in 2018). Applications for Yalari scholarships close on 30th April for students commencing high school the following year. When you apply for the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship you will need to include in your application:

  • Application form (ALL questions completed).
  • Latest school results.
  • A reference from school Principal, teachers or a respected member of your community.
  • A 250 word hand written response outlining why you think a scholarship should be awarded to you and why you want to go to boarding school.
  • A recent photo of the applicant.
  • Completed medical form.
  • Most recent NAPLAN test results.
  • Copy of your birth certificate.

For more information on these scholarships, visit the Yalari website here, or download the flyer below.

Flyer