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School and early childhood National Reconciliation Week resources now available

This year's theme 'Be a Voice for Generations' encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in our everyday lives.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs from 27 May to 3 June each year, and is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements as well as to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The theme for 2023, Be a Voice for Generations, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday activities. This could be where we live, work or socialise. 

Teaching learners from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds

Professional learning undertaken for teaching learners from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds should meet descriptors 1.4 and 2.4 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST), however it may meet other descriptor(s) of the APST depending on the type of professional learning undertaken.

Teachers should consider the modifications to the curriculum and / or practice they will need to make for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners to access learning.

If they do not have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learner in their learning environment, teachers can

  • observe an experienced teacher’s practice and / or approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners and base their demonstration of descriptor 1.4 on another student in the school, or
  • hypothetically include an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander learner to demonstrate the standard.

Then they will need to ask themselves

  • What would I do if I had this learner in my group?

How would I design and implement effective teaching strategies that are responsive to the local community and cultural setting, linguistic background and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners?


Click here to see some videos about professional learning for teaching learners from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.


Every year workplaces, schools, early childhood settings, community groups, reconciliation groups and people right across the country host a whole range of events.

Search for event ideas for your school / early childhood service or create your own event and add it to the National Reconciliation Week website.

Posters and Resources

There are numerous ways to get schools involved in learning more about reconciliation. The Narragunnawali website and Learn our Truth campaign shares teaching and learning ideas for early childhood, primary and secondary school students and also professional learning courses for teachers.

Remember, these are just a few ideas, feel free to explore other resources and modify them for your learners and context

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