Current and Future Koorie Education Strategies

Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026

On Monday 11th July, Minister for Education James Merlino launched Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan at the Aborigines Advancement League in Thornbury, alongside Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins.

"Marrung sees a new era for Koorie education – of aspiration, achievement and excellence. VAEAI is working to support the Education State reform agenda to achieve high levels of Koorie participation and confidence in early childhood, schooling, training and higher education services," said VAEAI President, Ms Geraldine Atkinson, at the launch of Marrung.

Marrung is a Wemba Wemba word for the Murray Cypress pine tree, representing branches of education and knowledge.

The plan was developed with Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Click here to read Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan.

Click here to see the Victorian Government's media release about the launch.

Click here to read more about Marrung and other Koorie education strategies in Victoria.



Since 2008, VAEAI has been working together with the Department of Education and Training (DET) on the implementation of the Wannik: Learning Together - Journey to Our Future Education Strategy for Koorie Students.

Wannik was developed in equal partnership between VAEAI and DET, and outlines changes to the system that reposition the education of Koorie students through a culture of strong leadership, high expectations and individualised learning. In this way, Wannik promises significant changes at all levels of the education system. These changes are a necessary response to the disparity in educational outcomes between Koorie and non-Koorie students.

Achieving parity in critical areas such as literacy and numeracy is not the only aim, but it is a crucial first step. All Koorie students deserve an education that enables them to fulfill their potential and achieve their ambitions.

For cultural inclusion to be meaningful the education system must work together with the Koorie community. Working in partnership is the only way to ensure that schools are places where Koorie culture is valued. The Wannik strategy provides the framework for a renewed emphasis on working in partnership.

Wannik initiatives:

Individual Education Plans

All government schools are required to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for every Koorie student in their school. The school will develop these Plans in partnership with the student, their parent or caregiver, and a Koorie Education worker.

IEPs are similar to, but seperate from, Koorie Education Learning Plans (KELPs). For more information on KELPs click here.

School System Reform

Principals, teachers and departmental officers are accountable for the achievement of improvement targets for each Koorie student. The accountability framework will include strategic plans, annual implementation plans and performance plans.

Redesign of the Koorie Education Workforce

There has been a redesign of the Koorie Education workforce, with increased opportunities for career progression and training to enhance skills.
Curriculum Resources

VAEAI is working with DET and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) on the development of a curriculum that is inclusive of Koorie culture.
Support for Culturally Inclusive Schools

A professional learning package will be designed for pre-service and in-service teachers, so that they have the training they need to understand the history and contemporary culture of Victoria’s Koorie community.

Principals will be supported to develop their capacity to create culturally inclusive schools.

Supporting Koorie Student Excellence

  • A residential leadership and cultural identity program targeting Koorie students from Year 9 onwards is currently in progress. For more information on the Koorie Academy of Excellence click here.
  • Scholarships and mentoring for Koorie students are available to assist with higher level study.
  • Post-school pathways planning through the Managed Individual Pathways (MIPS) program.

These are some of the statewide initiatives that come under the Wannik strategy. During the Wannik implementation process VAEAI has continued to act as an advocate for Koorie communities around Victoria by gathering community perspectives on the success of the strategy. VAEAI represents our community aspirations and concerns regarding Koorie school students at local, regional, state and national forums.