Commonwealth Government Services and Programs

The Department of Education

The Department of Education is a federal government department that has a number of programs that may assist Koorie students and families.

For more information on these programs and services please visit the website


The Parental and Community Engagement program (PaCE)

The Parental and Community Engagement program (PaCE) is a community driven program for parents and carers of Koorie children. It supports initiatives that assist families and communities to ‘reach-in’ to schools and other educational settings to engage in their children’s education through participation in educational decision making, developing partnerships with education providers and supporting and reinforcing their children’s learning at home, with the aim of improving the educational outcomes.

The guidelines for the PaCE Program can be found here.

In 2014 VAEAI is conducting two PaCE Programs:

  • Koorie Family Education Expos located in growth areas for the Koorie population in Victoria; including Melton, Mernda, Frankston, Mornington, Wonthaggi and Leongatha. The forums are to promote education opportunities to Koorie families.
  • A state-wide project focused on Koorie children with disabilities, and supporting families by connecting them with disability support services. Information gathered from community and further research will inform the development of a support package including a downloadable radio program and an information booklet.

For more information call 1800 800 821 and ask to speak with your local PaCE Officer or contact Lowell Hunter at VAEAI or call 9481 0800.


Catholic Education Victoria

Assistance is also available for Koorie children attending Catholic schools in Victoria. The Catholic Education Office Melbourne has an Indigenous Education Team that provides a consultancy service to schools to better engage Koorie students and families.

The Indigenous Education Team can provide advice regarding primary funding to support literacy and numeracy, secondary funding either school based or home tutoring, professional learning activities for teachers to assist with the implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the Australian Curriculum. The team can also provide suggestions for appropriate cultural activities such as National Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks.

For further information please contact the Indigenous Education Team on (03) 9267 0228.


Independent Schools Victoria

The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP)

IYLP offers scholarships and leadership opportunities to young Indigenous Australians with a focus on Indigenous youth from remote and regional communities. It aims to promote educational excellence and cultural inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The IYLP provides up to $16,250 to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to attend high performing secondary schools (government and-non government, day and boarding) and/or universities to complete Year 12 and/or an undergraduate degree.

There are IYLP Partnership Brokers in Victoria who can help students and their families apply to be part of the IYLP: Madec and Yalari