Support Services and Programs
In this section of the website you will find information about major education support services and programs available for Koorie students and families.
Here you can find contact information for services and support workers in your area, and information on education programs, scholarships and financial supports.
Although VAEAI is not directly involved in the delivery of these services and programs, we regularly monitor what services are available, and work with others to support education programs delivering good outcomes for our communities. VAEAI provides input into the development of Koorie student support services and programs, in response to community needs and aspirations.
A number of programs and services provide support for Koorie children in early childhood education, ranging from financial support to maternity to kinder programs.
If you are a Kindergarten service looking for support options, please see Support for Kindergarten Services.
If you are a parent or a family of a Koorie student accessing Kindergarten services, please see Support for Koorie Parents and Families.
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A range of Federal and State programs aim to provide support for Koorie students and develop education plans that assist students achieve their aspirations and outcomes.
If you are a Koorie student or parent and are seeking advice or support in public schooling, we recommend contacting your school and then getting in touch with your local Koorie Education Coordinator. Contact details for the Koorie Education Coordinators can be found here.
Koorie Education Coordinator
Koorie Education Coordinators (KECs) are responsible for leading the Department of Education and Training’s (DET) regions implementation of the education strategy. There are nine KECs across Victoria that co-ordinate and support the Koorie Student Support Team and work with VAEAI and other stakeholders to implement the strategy.
KECs can assist schools, Koorie students and schools with guidance on assistance on a range of programs and initiatives. You can contact your regional KEC through your DET Regional Office (listed above) for further information and advice.
Koorie Engagement Support Officers
Koorie Engagement Support Officers (KESOs) are an integral part of Victoria’s state education system. KESOs support Koorie children and their families with assistance to make the journey through primary and secondary school as seamless as possible.
KESOs focus specifically on the engagement of Koorie students, families and communities within the government school and early childhood systems, as well as kindergartens and other areas of early childhood.
KESOs connect with other relevant internal (school and regional staff) and external support workers to assist family engagement.
KESO contact information can be obtained through each region’s KEC (see contact details above).
Scholarships & Financial Support
VET, Higher Education & Training has become a fantastic pathway into qualifications and further employment opportunities.
The Free TAFE initiative delivered in collaboration with TAFE Victoria provides a wealth of opportunities for Koorie learners looking to gain qualifications.
There are three different forms of education and training providers within Victoria’s VET sector; Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, Learn Local centres and private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), also referred to as private providers.
For further support or information, make sure you contact the institute that you wish to study at to get in contact with their Koorie Liaison Officer (KLO).
Most recognised educational institutes will have a Koorie Liaison Officer that can assist you with your journey.
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Information about University Koorie Units, Indigenous Staff Scholarships and financial assistance programs which aim to improve higher education retention rates and outcomes for Indigenous students.
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The inclusion of Aboriginal histories, cultures and perspectives in early childhood and school education is a relatively new phenomenon in Australia. In early childhood, this is paramount to developing a strong sense of identity, connection and place identified in the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework, and in aspects of belonging, being and becoming highlighted in the National Early Years Learning Framework.
In schools, this shift is essential to improving education standards overall including systemically, and working towards greater understanding and reconciliation overall. Both the Australian Curriculum and the Victorian Curriculum highlight Aboriginal perspectives and content as a cross-curricular priority, with learning opportunities embedded across all subject areas. To deliver the curriculum effectively and respectfully, schools and educators require guidance, community involvement, resources and program support.
Learning about Aboriginal histories and cultures by the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA), summarises Koorie curriculum content across the Victorian Curriculum.
Koorie Education Resources support educators and learners to access curriculum-linked information about Victorian Aboriginal histories and cultures in particular; and to locate appropriate and engaging teaching tools and resources. .
Aboriginal Languages Education in early childhood, schools and VET supports and facilitates the inclusion of Aboriginal cultural studies, and benefits the education community as a whole. It stimulate language awareness and greater understanding in the broader community, and can enhance language reclamation, learning and revival activities in the local Koorie community. For students of all ages, Aboriginal languages education is reportedly a very engaging and positive education experience.
If you are a community member, teacher, kindergarten or school looking to introduce an Aboriginal Languages Program to your service, have a look at the Koorie Languages in Schools Programs below or contact us at VAEAI.
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) is the peak Aboriginal health body representing 24 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in Victoria.
17–23 Sackville Street,
Collingwood Vic 3066
P: 9411 9411
Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd (VACSAL) VACSAL employs a group of community based staff who work to build community strength and decision making. VACSAL also runs a range of youth and family services.
171 Smith street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Phone: (03) 9416 4266
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the lead Aboriginal child and welfare organisation looking after Aboriginal children and keeping families strong.
139 Nicholson Street
East Brunswick, 3057
P: 8388 1855
Koorie Heritage Trust aims to protect, preserve and promote the living culture of the Aboriginal people of south-eastern Australia.
259 King Street
P: 8622 2600
Connecting Home – providing support and advice to members of the Stolen Generation.
14 Gipps Street
P: 8679 0777
Djirra provides assistance to victims of family violence and sexual assault and works with families and communities affected by violence.
Level 3, 70-80 Wellington Street
P: 9244 3333
Freecall: 1800 105 303
Aborigines Advancement League provides a number of services to Koorie people, including family support, food assistance, home visits, advocacy, counselling and educational programs, drug and alcohol awareness and funeral services.
2 Watt Street
P: 9480 7777
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) provides services and support to address the specific medical needs of Victorian Indigenous people and communities.
186 Nicholson Street
P: 9419 3000
Victorian Aboriginal Housing Board manages housing assistance to the Aboriginal community.
125 Scotchmer Street
Fitzroy North, 3068
P: 9482 4585
Aboriginal Community Elders Services (ACES) provides aged care services including accommodation and a Daycare Centre. There is also an Elders Cultural Centre.
5 Parkview Ave
East Brunswick, 3057
P: 9383 4244