We are lucky to be teaching at a time when there are many great Aboriginal Education resources available and more being produced all the time.

The lists below are by no means exhaustive but will give you some ideas for getting started.

Many of the resources will be found in your school resource collection; most are available for loan from the Catholic Library at the Leederville Catholic Education Office.

The Programs have been generously given by teachers for other teachers to share.

Kimberley Clipart : Aboriginal Designs and Borders

Kimberley Clipart was produced (1996) by Jawa Production Centre at the Catholic Education Office in the Broome Diocese, in response to an expressed need by teachers and curriculum writers to have access to culturally appropriate illustrations to enrich the quality of their productions. Originally published on paper in a loose leaf file, this large selection of illustrations and borders was created especially for this collection by local artists. The high quality original works have now been digitalised and added to the GECKOS website. They have been divided into nine sections: Animals, Borders, Country, Miscellaneous, People, Plants, Religious, Tools, Transport.
Kimberley Clipart : Aboriginal Designs and Borders


Year 4: One Country Two Histories: One Country Two Histories Program.pdf

Activity Sheets: Activity Sheets.pdf


  • Yarning Strong - for upper primary and lower secondary students. This resource aims to reach out and engage all young people – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – and deepen their awareness and understanding of what it’s like to be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in contemporary Australia. It is organised into 4 Modules - Identity; Family; Law; and Land. Each module contains an anthology (excellent background material for teachers & students), 3 novels, 1 graphic novel, plus a Professional Support manual and links to the Australian Curriculum. http://www.oup.com.au/primary/literacy/yarning_strong
  • The lower, middle & upper primary resources in the Reconciliation Kit by Scholastic including the Teacher Resource Books for each level which contain excellent literacy based lesson ideas. The kit is no longer available to purchase but many school libraries will have some or all of the books in their collections and the CEOWA Library has all the resources in their Aboriginal Resource Collection (ARC).
  • The Our Voices Kit by Rigby & National Museum of Australia is a series of books for lower, middle & upper primary students (also suitable for secondary) which examines the historical and contemporary issues that have shaped our distinctive Australian culture.
    This resource is now out of print but the CEOWA Library has a complete set of each level with Teachers Book available for loan.
  •  First Australians : Plenty Stories is a comprehensive resource for teaching Australian Indigenous studies in middle and upper primary, written by the National Museum of Australia's Senior Indigenous Education Officer. http://www.nma.gov.au/engage-learn/schools/classroom-resources/resources_to_order/first_australians_plenty_stories
  • Australian History Mysteries has case studies designed to stimulate students’ interest in and engagement with aspects of their history. They have been designed for use at a middle secondary level but teachers will find the materials and ideas adaptable for both higher and lower levels.  http://www.australianhistorymysteries.info
  • Message Stick Readers include a set of non-fiction books and a set of dreaming stories/plays which focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural traditions and practices. https://cengage.com.au/primary/browse-series/supplementary-reading​
  • Indij Readers for Big Fullas and Little Fullas is a collection of stories from urban and rural Aboriginal communities around NSW. The Teachers Guide includes leson plans, cultural information and blackline masters. http://www.indijreaders.com.au
  • Emu Publications create reading resources for Aboriginal, ESL and early childhood students. http://www.emupublications.com.au/index.html
  • Yiwarra kuju : the Canning Stock Route : education package (2010) by the National Museum of Australia. This comprehensive package was sent to schools in 2010. It can be downloaded from: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/yiwarra_kuju
  • Focus On Indigenous Art Across the Curriculum features units of work which link the 'making and appreciating aspects of visual arts with Indigenous culture', while integrating other learning areas. Each unit contains a series of lessons and activities with detailed teaching notes and an assessment checklist. There are 3 books and sets of posters for ages 5-8, 8-10, 10+. The books and posters are no longer being published by Macmillan but are still available from various booksellers (Google to find current stockists) and the CEOWA library has the full set of Teachers Books and Posters available for loan.
  • Growin Up Strong and Happy To Be Me are must-have CDs of songs for every primary school. They have accompanying Teachers Resource Books and Happy To Be Me includes dance steps to some of the songs. The songs are bright and uplifting and reinforce the strength and diversity of Aboriginal culture. http://www.auntywendysmob.com/index.html


You will find links for many websites within the Primary and Secondary sections. Listed below are some which are more general in nature and should be consulted often for integrating an Aboriginal perspective into curriculum at all year levels and all Learning Areas.

  • APAC (Aboriginal Perspectives across the Curriculum) -  Excellent lesson plans on DET Aboriginal Education website for integrating an Aboriginal perspective, which can be accessed via Phase of Development, Learning Area and District: http://www.det.wa.edu.au/aboriginaleducation/apac/detcms/portal
  • Kaartdijin Noongar - Noongar Knowledge - This website is a comprehensive resource on Noongar Culture, Country and People - the three areas of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority. www.noongarculture.org.au
  • Go to the EDUCATION section of the website to find direct links between Kaartdijin Noongar website and the Australian Curriculum. There are detailed links for History, English and Geography from Pre-Primary to Year 10. Detailed links for Science and Mathematics are under development. http://www.noongarculture.org.au/education

Region specific: the following resource lists have been compiled for particular regions.

Kimberley Resources – The Aboriginal Teaching Assistants (ATAs) in the Kimberley diocese agreed that all Kimberley Catholic schools should have certain resources. They compiled a list at their 2010 Seminar. See the Kimberley Resources List.

Noongar Resources – The Aboriginal Education Team of the Catholic Education Office of WA recommends that all Catholic schools in Noongar Country, have and frequently use, certain resources. See the Noongar Resources List.

Geraldton Resources – The Aboriginal Education Team of the Catholic Education Office of WA expects that schools in the Geraldton Diocese are using the following resources.

Goldfields Resources – The Aboriginal Education Team of the Catholic Education Office of WA expects that schools in the Goldfields Region of the Perth Diocese have particular resources in their collections.


  • Network Education online catalogue contains the best selection of Indigenous resources in one catalogue.
  • Child Education Services Bookshop is a specialist children’s bookshop which stocks a comprehensive range of Aboriginal resources, including some published by the old Aboriginal Education Resource Unit (AERU). http://childeducation.com.au
  • Magabala Books in Broome WA publishes works which have major Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander involvement. This requires an Indigenous author, editor or illustrator.  www.magabala.com/
  • Batchelor Press is the publishing arm of the Specialised Publications and Academic Resource Centre (SPARC) at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Northern Territory. Their online catalogue for Aboriginal Education teaching resources is at http://batchelorpress.com
  • Aboriginal Studies Press www.aiatsis.gov.au/asp/welcome.html
  • Black Ink Press Indigenous Publishing is a community-based Indigenous publishing venture based in Townsville. It supports emerging writers and artists in order to create contemporary illustrated books especially for young Indigenous readers. It supports Australian Indigenous languages. https://www.facebook.com/blackinkpress
  • Fremantle Press is a small independent publishing house. Their Indigenous titles list is highly regarded at a national and international level. You can download their Indigenous Catalogue at: http://www.fremantlepress.com.au/books/indigenous
  • Ronin Films has an extensive collection of documentaries & drama about Australian and Torres Strait Island societies, histories, politics and cultures, including many films by Indigenous filmmakers. Stories range across issues relating to health, identity, the Stolen Generation, art, anthropology, traditional life and culture, and history and archaeology.  http://www.roninfilms.com.au
  • ABC Commercial Non-Theatric Sales is where you can purchase DVD/CD copies of radio or television programs broadcast on ABC Radio and ABC TV, including the popular program, Message Stick. http://www.abc.net.au/programsales/default.htm
  • Manuta Tunapee Puggalugglia Publishing House publishes a wide range of books and products with a Tasmanian Aboriginal focus. http://www.tasmanianaboriginal.com.au/bookshop.htm
  • Yarn Strong Sista - Culturally inclusive resources for early childhood education http://www.yarnstrongsista.com
  • Yulunga - Traditional Indigenous Games: http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/indigenous/resources/games_and_activities/background