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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus

Valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures

One of the guiding principles of the National Quality Framework is that Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are valued throughout all education and care services.

The content on this page gives you a place to start. It has a range of entry points to help you implement and refine this principle within your service.

The content is grouped around the following headings.

Access free professional learning modules that support understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and people. 
These modules are designed for use by all educators working in early years settings. They can be done by individuals or would lend themselves to use by a team as the basis for discussion.
The three modules include: 

  • Personal cultural competency: This module helps you build your own cultural competency in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. This course looks at power and positioning of cultures and the difference between being in a mainstream and a minority culture.
  • Embedding culture in teaching practice: This module focuses on teaching practices and curriculum. It is designed to help you if you are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. It also provides ideas and support for contexts where there are no Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children, families or staff members.
  • Building a culturally competent and responsive service: This module gives you actions that you can use across your entire service. It covers policy, workforce development, resources, environment, community engagement, partnerships and advocacy.

2018 NAIDOC posterNational Reconciliation Week is held every year between 27 May and 3 June. The 2018 theme is Don’t Keep History a Mystery.

Find more information and resources on Reconciliation Australia’s National Reconciliation Week webpage, as well as under the Action page on the Narragunnawali platform. The Narragunnawali platform and Reconciliation Action Plan development process can also support your early learning service to take action towards reconciliation not only during National Reconciliation Week but throughout the year.

Celebrate NAIDOC week in July by focusing on the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Image: 2018 National NAIDOC Poster. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.


  • EYLF: Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia
  • National Quality Framework: National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care
Supported by the Australian Government.
© 2016 Commonwealth of Australia, unless otherwise indicated
Supported by the Australian Government.
© 2016 Commonwealth of Australia,unless otherwise indicated