Indigenous Program


Palm Beach Currumbin High School students and staff acknowledge and pay respects to the families of the Yugambeh Language Region on which our school is built and where our learning takes place. 

We acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging and their strong and continuing connection to Country and traditional practices.

Indigenous Education and Training Futures

The Department of Education, Training and Employment acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and sea where we all work and live and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

The Division of Indigenous Education and Training Futures drive improvements to the learning, training and employment outcome of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student through the state.

All students, regardless of their background are entitled to world class education and training services at every stage of their lives, from cradle to employment, so they can maximise their potential, and play an active part in the community and economy.

The Division is driving programs, policies and projects aimed at closing the gap in learning and life outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.


Every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Succeeding

Every day, in every state school, our teachers and school leaders are maximising outcomes for every student by engaging them in learning and developing their skills to prepare for the future.

Our shared vision is for every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student to be supported in their learning, experience academic success and feel a sense of belonging and connection to culture in their school community and classrooms.

"How do we create a system in which every student is understood, engaged and successful at school, going on to live a life of choice, not a life of chance?"
- Tony Cook, Director-General Department of Education

The Federal Government goals are:

  • To increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enrolled in early childhood education to 95% by 2025.
  • To increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children assessed as developmentally on track in all five domains (physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, communication skills and general knowledge) of the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) to 55% by 2031.
  • To increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (aged 20-24) with a Year 12 or equivalent qualification to 96% by 2031. 

The department has released the Every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student succeeding strategy. Following an extensive consultation process, the strategy sets the direction on how we will improve outcomes for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in state schools through 3 priorities.

  1. Connection to culture
    Culture and community play and important role in shaping young people's lives. Through localised curriculum development and partnerships with local communities, we will continue to acknowledge and respect the histories, values, languages and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoles and place them at the centre of our work.
  2. High expectations
    The foundations of a successful learning journey are built through support, encouragement, parent and community partnerships, and quality teaching. By lifting expectations of curriculum delivery and student achievement, we will engage students in opportunities that see them thrive at school and excel academically in a supportive and inclusive environment.
  3. Meaningful pathways
    Confident and empowered students reach their full potential and contribute to a more prosperous Queensland through further education pathways and learning opportunities aligned to their aspirations. By bulding resilince, nurturing creativity and instilling a culture of lifelong learning, we will inspire students to successfully navigate the future of work and achieve their aspirations.
Key Principles:

  1. Inclusion
    Active and genuine engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is integral to inform decisions and ensure initiatives value, support and uphold the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  2. Intentional collaboration
    Community members, Elders and regional staff are critical partners and essential sources of knowledge on the needs, opportunities, priorities and aspirations of their communities, to inform initiatives.
  3. Evidence-informed improvement
    Initiatives are informed by and contribute to the developement of evidence, with built-in continuous improvement cycles and accountability mechanisms.

Our Murri Jarjum team

  • Kirby Taylor-Ferris Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic Liaison 
  • Trish Borg - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Laison Officer
  • Kylie Cox - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander​ Administrative Support

The Murri Jarjum student room is located on the top floor of G Block at the northern end. This room is available for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to access before school and break times.

QATSIF Scholarship

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (QATSIF) was created to give Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families increased educational choices and life opportunities.

QATSIF recognises the vital role that successful completion of schooling and the availability of opportunities through higher education have in building a foundation for employment and a better quality of life.

Under this program, QATSIF will provide two-year scholarship funding to a number of selected secondary schools across Queensland to support students commencing Year 11 in 2022. In this round of applications, schools may also apply for students completing Year 12 in 2022 who may not previously had the opportunity to be considered for a QATSIF Scholarship.​

Clontarf Foundation

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningfully in society.

Indigenous Student Support Centres at Universities and TAFE

Other universities not listed will also have an Indigenous Students Support Centre. The above list includes the Universities and TAFE colleges most popular with PBC students in recent years.​

Last reviewed 14 February 2023
Last updated 14 February 2023