Aboriginal Educator Workforce Initiatives

Teachers have the biggest in-school impact on positive student learning outcomes. Local Aboriginal educators have an ongoing commitment to their communities and are highly valued leaders because of their deep knowledge of local languages and context.

Increasing the number of local Aboriginal educators at the front of the classroom will result in improved student engagement, learning and outcomes through; culturally and contextually responsive pedagogy and learning both ways.

The Department of Education supports three key strategic initiatives that aim to grow its Aboriginal Educator Workforce:


The Assistant Teacher (AT) Project is a Commonwealth funded initiative under the Northern Territory Department of Education ‘Indigenous Education Strategy 2015-2024’.

The project supports Aboriginal AT’s employed by the Department of Education and classroom support staff employed through School Councils working in remote Northern Territory schools to undertake education related Vocational Education and Training qualifications and professional development. The project supports several initiatives:

  • School Based Traineeships: in-school based education support for year 10 – 12 in Aboriginal remote schools
  • Certificate III, Cert IV and Diploma education qualifications and advice on further study options
  • Professional Learning Grant: flexible Vocational Education and Training initiative that provides coordination and grant funding to support Aboriginal educators to access professional learning that has an accredited training outcome.
  • Mentoring Training: targeted at experienced assistant teachers who want to build their skills around supporting and mentoring emerging assistant teachers.

For further information about the AT Project or how the team can best support you, please email: assistant-teach.det@education.nt.gov.au

The Remote Aboriginal Teacher Education (RATE) program provides support for existing and aspiring Aboriginal educators to progress their learning and careers while living and working on Country.

RATE provides participants with education career pathway opportunities with entry and exit points that lead to meaningful employment in schools and early childhood education and care settings.

In 2021 a phase 1 pilot commenced in Galiwin’ku, Yuendumu, Milingimbi and Angurugu. In 2022 a phase 2 pilot will commence incorporating additional sites with RATE participants supported to undertake initial teacher education study through delivery of tailored course material by Charles Darwin University and the Batchelor Institute including onsite workshops.

For further information about RATE please email educapability.doe@education.nt.gov.au.

Applications are now open for 2022 Northern Territory Department of Education Teaching – Growing our Future Aboriginal Teacher Education Scholarships.

Scholarships to the value of $15,000 per year (dependant on study load) are available for Aboriginal people who are aspiring teachers and are currently studying, or are eligible to enrol in initial teacher education courses at a Northern Territory higher education institution.

For further scholarship information, please see information on the Teach in the Territory site or email: aboriginalschola.doe@education.nt.gov.au

Last updated: 28 October 2021

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