Education & Training
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education workers assist teachers with the delivery of learning programs to students.
Senior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker do?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education workers assist teachers with supervision and support, and the delivery of learning programs to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students.
As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education worker, you might:
- work as a team member alongside other teachers and education staff
- provide observations to teachers, parents and guardians on student progress
- assist students with opportunities to develop personal, social and independent learning skills
- work with individual students with intellectual, physical or behavioural difficulties to support their specific areas of need
- reinforce appropriate behaviours in the classroom
- organise and collate literacy and numeracy activities
- prepare indoor or outdoor areas for learning or recreational activities
- assist with the creation of classroom displays or presentations
- share responsibility for the safety and physical well-being of children at all times.
Key skills and interests
To become an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education worker, you would need:
- the ability to listen carefully to students’ needs and desires
- to enjoy helping children learn
- maturity and sensibility
- the ability to mediate conflict
- good teamwork skills
- the ability to accept direction.
Working hours and conditions
In a full-time role, you would normally work a standard number of hours during the week, Your working hours outside of school hours would vary depending on the type of setting you work in and what classes you assist with.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education workers typically work public schools. They may also work in other educational facilities, such as day-care facilities, childcare centres or in universities.
How to become an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker?
You can work as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education worker without formal qualifications, but employers usually require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent. Your employment prospects may be improved if you have qualifications such as a VET qualification in education support. You may be able to study through distance education.
To work as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education worker, or to undertake work placements while studying, you would need a first aid certificate, and a Working with Children Check or equivalent. A National Police Certificate may also be required.
In some States, applicants for this position must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educational workers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Employment growth will come from increases in student enrolments in early childhood centres, preschools and primary schools.
This is a very small occupation, so opportunities may be quite limited in some regions.