Aboriginal Initiatives

Aboriginal Initiatives

The NSW Department of Education is committed to improving the vocational outcomes and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people so that they excel and achieve in every aspect of their education and training.

In line with this policy, Training Services NSW has created the Aboriginal Initiatives unit to manage a number of programs. These programs focus on providing workplace mentoring, improving access to employment and training and creating business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In referring to Aboriginal people, Training Services NSW refers inclusively to all Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people.

Further information can be accessed from the links below:


Aboriginal mentoring support services

The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People Program is a targeted mentoring program for Aboriginal apprentices and trainees. Require an Aboriginal mentor? Please click here.


Aboriginal business advisory support services

The Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer Program provides free business advisory services for Aboriginal people considering starting or expanding their own business.


Aboriginal employment advisory support services

New Careers for Aboriginal People Program is a program which provides free employment and training advisory services for Aboriginal people seeking employment.


Supporting Aboriginal employment in the NSW Public and Local Government sectors

The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant uses a number of strategies to develop and support Aboriginal people and create employment opportunities.


Smart and Skilled and Deadly

Supporting training for Aboriginal people in NSW under Smart and Skilled.


Local Decision Making

Local Decision Making (LDM) is an initiative which represents a fundamental change in the relationship between government and Aboriginal communities in NSW.


OCHRE Opportunity Hubs

OCHRE is the NSW Government’s plan for Aboriginal Affairs. It stands for Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment and is symbolic of Aboriginal communities’ deep connection with Country.


Page last updated: 22 June 2020