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Indigenous cultural competency in the workforce

May 27 - Jun 9, 2021

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Date and time

Thursday 27 May 2021, 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm 

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are seeking to understand and strengthen cultural competency in your school and classroom.  The program will complement AITSL’s focus on Indigenous Cultural Competence in the Australian Teaching Workforce.


What does a culturally competent teaching workforce look like for schools? What does a teacher or school leader need to be culturally competent?  What does cultural safety look like in schools? What might some of the challenges or barriers we face in developing a culturally competent teaching workforce?

The presenter, AJ Williams-Tchen (Wiradjuri / Wotjobaluk), has delivered over 700 cultural appreciation workshops across Australia, in community, health and schools.  Training non-Indigenous people about culture and working with individuals, families and communities.  AJ facilitates cultural mentoring programs in a number of Independent schools for Indigenous students and works with schools to develop culturally safe environments for all students & staff.  


This webinar will complement the AITSL focus on Indigenous Cultural Competence in the Australian Teaching Workforce. The intention is that this is a launching pad for schools to explore and strengthen what Indigenous cultural competency looks like in their setting including areas such as:

  • Policy development, including Reconciliation Action Plans
  • Curriculum design (especially incorporating either the Victorian Curriculum or Australian Curriculum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority)
  • Guidance on Senior pathways for Aboriginal students
  • Student wellbeing support for Aboriginal students.

This learning events supports creating best practice toward the following VRQA standard(s): 

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Curriculum framework
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes 
  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Safe environment.         

Key takeaways                 

  • deeper understanding of the AITSL focus on Indigenous cultural competence
  • Exploration of the reconciliation action plan process
  • strategies for curriculum improvement to address indigenous cultural competency
  • deeper understanding of student support strategies and senior pathways for aboriginal students


Presenter information

AJ Williams-Tchen                           

AJ Williams-Tchen has completed a number of academic courses such as Nursing, Social Work, Youth Work, Career Education, Child Protection, Community Development, Community Services Coordination and Indigenous leadership. He has delivered over 600 cultural appreciation workshops to more than 200 Victorian community, health and hospital settings, training non-Indigenous people about culture and working with individuals, families and communities. As of January 2019, AJ has conducted 435 of Mental Health First Aid workshops to both non-Indigenous and Indigenous participants. He played a role in the development of Museum Victoria’s First Indigenous Employment & Career Development Strategy.

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