Project outcomes

Project outputs

Curtin University journalism student stories

Ten stories written and photographed by Curtin University Journalism students during their 2013 service learning projects:


Indigenous Affairs page at Curtin University

This new page resulted from the 2013 service learning projects at Curtin University:


What are universities doing in this area?


University of Western Sydney Community Action Support Program (CAS)

Partners: University of Western Sydney Education Faculty, Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Language Centre, Tennant Creek Primary School, Mungkarta Homeland School, Tennant Creek High School, Elliott School

Through CAS, Indigenous high school students are trained to provide valuable reading and writing support for children at their local primary school. The CAS program provides these high school students with the resources and encouragement they need to be effective in their literacy teaching in both English and First Language. The young people participating in the CAS program are viewed as positive role models and become agents of change in their communities.


Griffith University Council of Elders

Griffith University has taken another step forward in its recognition of the intellectual, scholarly and cultural contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to higher education by establishing its own Council of Elders. The Council of Elders: Provides leadership and direction to the University on issues of importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Encourages and empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff; Strengthens relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people of the University; Facilitates engagement between Indigenous people on a local and global scale; and Promotes a spirit of reconciliation and respect.


Office of Indigenous Community Engagement, Policy and Partnerships (ICEPP) at Griffith University

ICEPP acts as a conduit between Griffith University and other educational institutions, industry and business, professional agencies, government departments and funded-bodies and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to advocate on Indigenous matters. ICEPP’s primary responsibility is to provide advice and direction to Griffith University on matters relating to Indigenous higher education.


Griffith University service learning free choice elective units and service learning summit

Griffith University is offering a free choice elective (3002GIH) in the area of Service Learning. This course provides an opportunity students to engage their academic learning with a community-based project of minimum 50 hours in a work-integrated learning environment.


University of Newcastle School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Learning in a cross-cultural context Paul Hodge, Sarah Wright: The aim of the research is to investigate student learning associated with cross-cultural collaborative fieldwork. There is a particular focus on the need to understand sensory and emotive aspects of learning in ways that might encourage students to build understanding across difference and connect with diverse people, places and experiences in fundamentally new ways. Funding:  ATLC (Jo Barraket, Robyn Melville, Margaret Scott, Sarah Wright).


University of South Australia Community Service Learning Unit

This course provides students with an opportunity to undertake a community service project in order to develop an appreciation for how their discpline knowledge intersects with community (as distinct from corporate) need.


What are other organisations doing?

AIME University student mentors for Indigenous school students

AIME provides a dynamic educational Program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous kids finishing school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment.


Reconciliation Australia Schools Program 

Reconciliation Australia has identified schools as one of the key settings to enhance and develop positive relationships in the community. The Reconciliation Australia schools program aims to assist schools to extend positive classroom practices into the school community through actions that reflect Reconciliation Australia’s vision. As schools know, whole school change is best achieved when school curriculum, school culture and school community are addressed through a co-ordinated approach. In 2012, Reconciliation Australia sought input from a variety of government and non-government education organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative bodies and other education experts. Throughout 2013, Reconciliation Australia will be piloting and launching various aspects of the schools program and expect a full program launch to occur in 2014. In the meantime, please use the resources below to start taking action in your school. You can also visit the School Resources section for further information.


Indigenous community volunteers

Working with Indigenous Australian communities to improve quality of life, well-being and social inclusion.