The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association was first established in 1976 as the Victorian Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (VAECG). 

The shared aim of the VAECG was to increase the presence and voice of Koorie people in education and decision making. 

In the early years of VAEAI representatives from Koorie communities across Victoria came together to build an advocacy voice.

Today VAEAI represents the Koorie Community in relation to education policy development and strategic programming at the local, state and national levels. We support the provision of education and training that reinforces our community’s cultural identity and increases awareness in the wider community of Koorie culture and aspirations in education and training.


VAECG registered as the Victorian Aboriginal Education Assocation Incorporated (VAEAI)


VAEAI establishes the Statewide Aboriginal Mentor Program National Aboriginal Education Policy Aboriginal Education Strategic Initiatives Program


Partnership in Education between VAEAI and the Victorian State Government is formalised


VAEAI is registered as an industry Training Advisory Board. VAEAI’s first Koorie State Training Plan for the Vocational Education and Training sector is published National Aboriginal Education Policy Review


Tripartite Agreement between VAEAI, Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government.


Indigenous Education Strategic Initiative Policy Per Capita Funding introduced Koorie 2000 strategy is launched by VAEAI


Koorie Open Door Education (KODE) school – Mildura opens


Wurreker: The Koorie Community and TAFE in Victoria in Equal Partnership.


Yalca – A partnership in Education & Training for the New Millenium policy.


Koorie Open Door Education (KODE) school – Swan Hill opens


Australia Directions in Indigenous Education 2005-2008.


Victorian Indigenous Affairs Framework.


Statewide review into Educational Outcomes is conducted by Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and VAEAI – Wannik Strategy – VAEAI hosts World Indigenous People’s Conference – Toorong Marnong Higher Education Accord introduced


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Action Plan 2010-2014


VAEAI releases Framework for Embedding Koorie Cultures, Histories and Perspectives in Victorian Schools.


VAEAI relocated to Northcote and open Naamalata building on Westbourne Grove.


VAEAI and the Department Of Education collaborate for the first ever ten-year plan for Koorie education in Victoria with the creation of Marrung.

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