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Education & Curriculum Studies: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives

Acknowledgement to Country

We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet  (the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation). It is upon their ancestral lands that the University of Sydney is built.

As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning, and research practices within this University may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country. 

Selection Criteria & Resource Guides

More Resource Guides and Community Consultation Protocols

Syllabus, Curriculum, Teacher Associations 

Blackwords from Austlit

BlackWords: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Writers and Storytellers

This database and teaching resource is part of Austlit: Australian Literature Gateway. BlackWords is an invaluable resource for the English classroom and supports the incorporation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives  across the curriculum particularly within the Humanities, Social Sciences and within Educational contexts. BlackWords also includes  BlackWords Trails and Teaching Resources.

Look at the page called Teaching with BlackWords

Featured Resources

Featured books:

Playground : listening to stories from country and from inside the heart  compiled by Nadia Wheatley ; illustrated and design, Ken Searle ; indigenous consultant, Jackie Huggins.

Yirruwa Yirrilikenuma-langwa : when we go walkabout story by Rhoda Lalara ; pictures by Alfred Lalara

There is also a Soundcloud recording of the reading of this book in language.

 Featured websites:

Songlines Tracking the Seven Sisters


National Museum of Australia: Encounters..classroom resource

At the National Museum of Australia's website access teaching resources based on the Museums collection: including multimediaPrimary sources; classroom activities and units of work.

See also, National Museum of Australia: Resistance

Melbourne Museum

Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Melbourne Museum


A history of Aboriginal Sydney

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Message Stick - ABC

TV program about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lifestyles, culture and issues. This website is includes the stories of many Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

Reconciliation Australia - Museums and Art Galleries of NSW

Living Off Our Waters AIATSIS online exhibition: explore contemporary Indigenous fishing includes a history of Indigenous fishing and the right to fish. 

More AIATSIS Online Exhibitions

Websites and resource portals

The following sites offer teaching resources including lesson plans and videos..

ABC Splash (Website content curation)






Vimeo (Video sharing database)

1967 Referendum and the Census

Featured Book

Library collections and resources

Image:The Southern Toss by artilst Adam HillImage preview

This Library guide assists students and researchers with finding appropriate resources for teaching practice and research; and with embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum.

Library Websites

The Guide helps you locate material using both Library catalogues and other research resources. The Koori Centre Research Library also includes many children's books which represent  historical changes in the writing and illustration of books about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Use the University of Sydney Library catalogue to search for items in the Koori Centre Library collection.

The University of Sydney Library Catalogue has a collection of children's ebooks, one example is Remembering Lionsville [electronic resource] : My family story. Recent ebooks from Magabala are also available via the Library catalogue. 

Council, State and National Libraries

Local council libraries will have picture book collections, YA fiction collections and children's non fiction collections. 

State Libraries frequently include collections and digital collections that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities within their states. Resources are also created for teachers and teaching.

State Library of New South Wales. Indigenous Services & Collections

State Library of Victoria Koori Victoria

State Library of Queensland. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queensland  includes virtual books

State Library of Western Australia Guide to Indigenous Information.

National Library of Australia. Where can I find information about Indigenous Australians?

State Library of South Australia. Indigenous Services and Collections.



Publisher websites increasingly provide additional resources for many of their publications.

Magabala provide Teacher's notes for many of their recent books, a new book may sometimes be accompanied a soundcloud interview with an author.

Video clips of events such as this one from One Day Hill publishers  that relate to the story told in the book 'From little things big things grow'.

Look up the Honey Ant Readers on Youtube and you will find videos of the stories such as Nana Dig.

Reading Australia

Freely available, Reading Australia was created by the not-for-profit Copyright Agency with the goal of making it easier for teachers, through their passion and skills, to spread a love for Australian texts. 

There is a Teacher's Corner on the website; also many of the secondary-level titles are also accompanied by essays written by eminent authors, academics and critics. There are teacher guides for primary texts.

In the Video section you will find interviews with and speeches made by authors. Twenty titles have had AustLit trails created for them.

Sample list of titles on the Reading Australia site:

Bran Nue Dae by Jimmy Chi

Coonardoo by Katharine Susanna Prichard

Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller

Yirruwa Yirrilikenuma-langwa/When We Go Walkabout by Rhoda Dugururru Lalara

Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein

My Girragundii by Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor

Papunya School Book of Country and History by Papunya School

Do Not Go Around the Edges by Daisy Utemorrah


Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

Their Library catalogue MURA is an invaluable resource for researching many aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and contexts.

See their teachers notes for The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia.

Resources for People & Events