Aboriginal school students in the New England off to a flying start thanks to Elsa

The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program has provided $166,827 to enable 20 Aboriginal students in the New England region with the opportunity to undertake a Certificate III Education Support qualification whilst completing their HSC.

The program provides a pathway for young Aboriginal students who wish to pursue a career in education. Successful students participating in this initiative attend high schools at Duval, Armidale, Inverell, Macintyre, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Boggabilla, Mungindi, Wee Waa, Collarenebri, and Walcha.

An induction for all students was recently hosted at TAFE New England in Tamworth for the 20 students on Thursday 2 May 2013. TAFE New England is the Registered Training Organisation delivering the qualification to all 20 students.

Aboriginal school students in the New England off to a flying start thanks to Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program

The Certificate III in Education Support has been specifically chosen for the New England Support Initiative as the qualification provides an individualised training pathway for each student in areas such as Literacy and Numeracy, disabilities education and Aboriginal education.

Students will attend their local high school as part of their standard pattern of study and will be placed in nominated primary schools in their local community and work with Teaching staff, Support staff (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) to support Primary students in the classroom.

This initiative supports the recently launched OCHRE NSW Government Plan for Aboriginal Affairs, which targets the need for pathways to assist Aboriginal young people in the transition from school into tertiary education, training or employment.

Each student will be mentored under Training Services NSW - The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People mentoring program.


Elsa Dixon was an Aboriginal woman who played a key role in improving social outcomes for Aboriginal people in NSW. Elsa was one of the founding members of the Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs and the Aboriginal Medical Service at Redfern, remaining a member of the latter until her passing in 1993.

Page last updated: 08 April 2016