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:


Smart and Skilled and Deadly [Pdf 180Kb] - Training for Aboriginal people in NSW under Smart and Skilled.

The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People Program
The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People Program provides mentoring services for Aboriginal apprentices and trainees who need additional support in the workplace. Require an Aboriginal mentor, please Click Here

Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer Program
The Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer Program trains suitable people to act as mentors and support for Aboriginal people who want to set up a business.

New Careers for Aboriginal People Program
New Careers for Aboriginal People
is a program to help Aboriginal people find work or improve their current job situation.

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


Page last updated: 5 December 2019