Aboriginal cultural awareness

Online professional learning tool to assist staff and schools to develop their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultures.

The resource consists of three modules which provide advice, process and practical suggestions as to what teachers should know and be able to do in order to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to teach all students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students languages, history and culture.

The modules reference the Department's Aboriginal Inclusion Plan, the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA)'s cross-curriculum priorities and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


The Victorian Institute of Teaching is a partner in the project. The Institute encourages the participation of teachers in this program as part of their professional learning for renewal purposes. Teachers who complete the modules will understand that this learning will assist in addressing the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Education support staff

All Victorian school staff are encouraged to complete the modules to assist them in learning about Aboriginal culture and interacting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, their families and the local community.

How to access the learning

Follow the links below to the modules and click on the Play button for each module.

You should complete the modules in order from one to three. There will be a short quiz and checklist at the end of each module. You can also save a module and return to complete it later.

Learning modules

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Module 1: Understanding identity

Module 1: Understanding identity
Transcript (doc - 91kb) (doc - 95.5kb)

Module 2: Understanding our past

Module 2: Understanding our past 
Transcript (doc - 97.5kb)

Module 3: Understanding learners

Module 3: Understanding learners
Transcript (doc - 91kb)


If you are employed by the Victorian Department of Education and Training you are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion for the modules.

Please contact Nevada Glenbar in the Koorie Outcomes Division via: glenbar.nevada.j@edumail.vic.gov.au