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Koorie Education Calendar

The VAEAI Koorie Education Calendar has been developed to assist educators and learners alike, in focusing on and locating information about Victorian Koorie cultures, histories and perspectives. 

Framed around significant dates and events throughout the calendar year, the interactive Koorie Education Calendar draws the learner to Victorian Koorie voices, stories, achievements, leadership and connections, and suggests a range of activities and resources around these dates.

The Koorie Education Calendar features the voices, heroism, stories and achievements of Koorie Elders and leaders, authors, playwrights, composers, sportspeople, artists, directors, musicians and much more.

Of course there are many, many, more Koorie voices, and we have a much richer history. VAEAI will continue to build and update the Koorie Education Calendar. We invite your feedback and suggestions for inclusion, as this is only the beginning! Every day of the year is an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and acknowledge Koorie people, Koorie knowledge and whose land we are living and walking on.

 Download a copy of the 2019 VAEAI Koorie Education Calendar


Koorie Perspectives in Curriculum Bulletin

The Koorie Perspectives in Curriculum Bulletin is a VAEAI publication focused on Victorian Aboriginal Perspectives in the school curriculum. Drawn from the VAEAI Koorie Education Calendar and aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10, the Koorie Perspectives in Curriculum Bulletins feature curriculum news and links, background information on topics, a great range of online multimedia education resources and suggested classroom activities.

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Issue 1, 2019         January-February Bulletin

issue 2, 2019         March-April Bulletin

issue 3, 2019         May-June Bulletin

Briefs and Features:

 Past issues:


ISSUE 1.5, 2018 MARCH 

ISSUE 2, 2018 APRIL - MAY 

ISSUE 3, 2018 JUNE - JULY 



2017 March-April bulletin
May-June Bulletin
July-AUgust bulletin
2017 September-October bulletin


Protocols for Koorie Education in Victorian Primary and Secondary Schools

Published in 2015, VAEAI has produced this guide in response to requests for guidance on appropriate protocols for schools to follow when seeking to provide a welcoming school environment for Victoria's Koorie communities.

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Tuckerbag Classroom Resources Database: Indigenous Perspectives in the Classroom

VAEAI has partnered with the Koorie Heritage Trust to share a live online Koorie curriculum database named Tuckerbag that can be used by educators in Early Childhood, schools, and higher education.

VAEAI would like to thank Pauline Sloane and the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Education Unit for kindly allowing us to access this database of education content.

This is a live database that can be added to as new resources are developed and/or submitted to VAEAI or the Koorie Heritage Trust. 

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Learning about the Stolen Generations: The National Sorry Day Committee Resource

Developed by the National Sorry Day Committee in 2013, Learning about the Stolen Generations: The National Sorry Day Committee Resource provides accurate and concise background information about the Stolen Generations as well as a set of age-appropriate useful classroom exercises and ideas for commemorating both National Sorry Day and the Anniversary of the Apology. In previous years schools were encouraged to register with the NSDC, join the NSDC schools program and download Learning about the Stolen Generations from their website, however at this time (early 2016) it seems not an available option. Given the value of this resource to schools and the NSDC’s aims, VAEAI has temorarily made this National Sorry Day Committee resource directly available on our resources site.

To download a copy, click here.


Koorie Education Resources Register

VAEAI has created a downloadable Education Resources Register form. If you are a Koorie person or community group and would like promote your education resource through the Tuckerbag database, please download the form below and  email completed forms, along with a copy of your curriculum resource if possible, to the Policy and Research Unit at, or post to: P.O. BOX 113; Northcote 3070:


Koorie Education Resources Register Form (PDF)

Koorie Skills Register

Local Koorie input and expertise are central to VAEAI's education programs. We are in the process of growing our database of local Koories who are interested in sharing their knowledge. If you are an Elder, artist, performer, musician or have other skills you would like to share, please download the Skills Register form below and email completed forms to the Policy and Research Unit at, or post to: P.O. BOX 113; Northcote 3070:

Koorie Skills Register Form (DOC)

Koorie Skills Register Form (PDF)


School-Community Partnership Agreements

VAEAI encourages all schools wanting to work collaboratively with their local Koorie Community to create a culture of high expectations for Koorie students, to enter into a School-Community Partnership Agreement. You can read more about the KPaCE program and how to develop a School-Community Partnership Agreement in The Koorie Parent and Community Engagement Model (2013) below.



Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll

Every year, the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll formally acknowledges and celebrates the wide-ranging achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians, past and present.

As the Honour Roll builds over time, all people have the opportunity to learn about the contributions and achievements of both historical and contemporary Aboriginal Victorians in the areas of community leadership, human and social rights, activism, sports, music and more.

Teachers and students can read the stories of the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll Inductees here.


Koorie English and Code Switching

This report from VAEAI focuses on the use of Koorie English and code switching in schools.

Code-switching refers to a person’s ability to move back and forth between two languages or dialects depending on who they are speaking to and in what context. Code-switching is also a skill that people of multi-cultural and bi-lingual backgrounds have long recognised as necessary for success within mainstream education and employment. Koorie students often attain code-switching skills naturally, as they switch from speaking Koorie English in the home and amongst family and peers, to Standard Australian English (SAE) in the classroom and more formal environments.



Constitutional Recognition

RECOGNISE leads the people's movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution. Constitutional Recognition is about amending the historical exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from Australia’s Constitution and removing discrimination – including the section of our Constitution that says people can be banned from voting based on race.

You can download the School Learning Guide for Years 10, 11 and 12 here.