Policy and Research Unit

Case studies: Early Childhood Education, Schools and Higher Education

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.

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Case Study: Thornbury Primary School Koorie cultural program

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.

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IECB Success Story: Koorie Languages in Victorian 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, and improved education outcomes for their children.

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IECB Submission to the Federal Government's Proposed Reforms to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

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.

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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.

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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

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A Balanced Scorecard: Koorie Education in Victoria

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.

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VAEAI Submission to: Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway Program Discussion Paper March 2012

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.

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VAEAI Position Paper – Koorie/Aboriginal Studies and Education

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.

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Review of Funding for Schooling

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.

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