Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Agreement

The North Canberra Cluster of Schools and Community Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Agreement is underpinned by the belief that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are unique and vital; the promotion, recognition and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, cultures and achievements contributes positively to school communities; all students have the capacity to achieve high outcomes in all aspects of their life; and strong, respectful relationships are essential.

The agreement shows that as a community we will: value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; develop mutual respect, acknowledgement and a welcoming and inclusive school environment; build quality relationships with students - staff will know their students, their interests and aspirations; improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; provide support for learning, social support and quality teaching that meets students' needs and goals; reflection, review and respond together.

Each year in September, the inner north cluster of schools come together with the community to re-sign and demonstrate our commitment to the agreement.

Useful website

Abstudy - Information from Centrelink. If you are an Indigenous secondary or tertiary student or a full-time Australian Apprentice, ABSTUDY may help you stay at school or go on to further studies. It consists of a fortnightly living allowance as well as additional components to help with the costs associated with attending school.

Centrelink: Indigenous Australians - Programs, payments, publications, specialist services.

ABC: Indigenous issues - News, your voice, TV & video, radio, local heroes, arts & leisure, health & recipes, education.

AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies) - Information about indigenous cultures, past and present. Includes library catalogue.

ACT Government: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Portal - Government health info & links.

Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre (ANU) - Supports indigenous students at the Australian National University; advice & expertise in indigenous areas; help with uni entry via the Indigenous Australians Admission Scheme.

Ngunnawal Indigenous Higher Education Centre (UC) - Supports indigenous students at the University of Canberra; free tutoring with Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS); Foundation Program - pathways to tertiary study for those with no Year 12.

Yurauna Centre (CIT) - Supports indigenous students at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). Find out about services, events, scholarships, careers advice, academic support, counselling.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Clinic & Health Services - Free health service located at 63 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah. Phone: 6284 6222.