Department of Education

Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal Education

Career development

Career development

The Department of Education supports the employment of Aboriginal people and their career development through Culture Strong, Career Proud: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Action Plan 2011-2014.

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To upgrade knowledge and skills, AIEOs can:

Training organisation courses are offered at different levels from Certificate I to advanced diploma. AIEOs may choose to build their career pathway by achieving competencies at each level. AIEOs with significant work experience may be eligible for recognition of prior learning enabling them to commence at a higher level.

All AIEOs are encouraged and supported to participate in achieving Certificate III and IV Education Support qualifications as part of the AIEO Professional Learning Program. This will help build skills and competencies to support the teaching and learning programs in schools. AIEOs who undertake studies in Certificate III or IV Education Support, or its equivalent, at any TAFE college can access up to five hours per week of study leave. AIEOs who are permanent employees and working 0.4 FTE or more who undertake studies in Certificate III and IV Education Support are eligible for funding assistance for tuition fees.

Certificate I or II General Education for Adults courses aim to provide entry level qualifications for job ready skills including literacy and numeracy. AIEOs are eligible for funding assistance to meet the cost of tuition fees.

Permanent AIEOs working 0.4 FTE or greater with a Certificate IV Education Support or equivalent and who have two years’ Department experience and wish to continue to increase their professional knowledge and skills may be eligible to apply for the Diploma of Education Support. AIEOs interested in a future teaching qualification are encouraged to complete a certificate or diploma at the TAFE before enrolling in teacher education programs at universities. Paid study leave for AIEOs undertaking a recognised qualification is for up to five hours a week, as outlined in the Miscellaneous Government Conditions and Allowances Award (1992) and the Industrial Relations Advice – 2008 No. 5

The employee performance process provides the opportunity to discuss and clarify training requirements. This process is also useful for:

  • understanding the role and responsibilities;
  • reflecting on and self assessing performance in the delivery of the position’s requirements;
  • providing evidence of performance in relation to the job requirements and the school priorities;
  • striving to continuously improve performance;
  • considering professional learning relevant to current role and career aspirations; and
  • asking for feedback.

Managers and coordinators of Aboriginal education may also be available to provide support with professional learning. Contact can be made with the local regional education office.

AIEO positions are advertised online through the State Government jobs board website.

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 School-based professional learning

Schools provide professional learning opportunities, often with other teaching and non-teaching staff, and also through on-the-job training provided by the classroom teacher.

In the review of the AIEO program, principals identified a range of training activities that AIEOs took part in.

School based training for AIEOs

Schools hold regular meetings for all staff, including support staff, on issues related to the curriculum, policies, programs and student wellbeing.  AIEOs should attend these meetings to acquire the knowledge needed to work effectively in the school.  The main areas of learning include:

  • knowledge of Department policies and practices;
  • knowledge of the current curriculum;
  • information technology skills;
  • knowledge of resources; and
  • literacy and numeracy programs in the school.

In the review of the AIEO program, AIEOs identified the following training needs.

Training needs perceived by AIEOs

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Effective training at the school level

To identify and access appropriate training, AIEOs can:

  • monitor their training needs through the employee performance process and informal discussions.  The skills most frequently used in the role are:
    - communication skills;
    - literacy and numeracy skills; and
    - technical skills including information technology, record keeping and writing skills.
  • maintain a record of training received in the school.  Principals can be informed of training needs as part of the performance management process;
  • be aware of training programs available at TAFE, university and the Institute for Professional Learning; and
  • encourage teachers to assist with information about essential classroom-based skills and practices so that they can provide more effective support.
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