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Indigenous cultural competency 2022033W

May 30, 2022 - Dec 30, 2022

$300 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Monday 30 May 2022, 4.00pm to 6.00pm

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 the reconciliation process, Indigenous cultural competency in your school and classroom. The program will complement the AITSL 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 be that we face in developing a culturally competent teaching workforce?

ISV’s program on reconciliation and Indigenous cultural competency will commence with a webinar to deepen understanding and explore:

  • 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

The session will also be used to as identify Member needs, with schools having the option to engage in a tailored and differentiated program as a follow up.

The program will complement the AITSL focus on Indigenous Cultural Competence in the Australian Teaching Workforce and coincide with National Reconciliation Week.

The presenter AJ Williams-Tchen has also delivered over 600 cultural appreciation workshops to over 200 Victorian community, health and hospital settings, training non-Indigenous people about culture and working with individuals, families and communities.

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

  • School governance – Democratic Principles                                                                                                        
  • School governance – Philosophy                                                                                                                                        
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Curriculum framework                                                                             


Relevant Australian professional standards for teachers

1.  Know students and how they learn

3.  Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

4.  Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

7.  Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Key takeaways               

• deep understanding of the AITSL focus on Indigenous Cultural Competence

• an exploration of the Reconciliation Action Plan process

• strategies for improving curriculum to address Indigenous Cultural Competency

• deep understanding of student support strategies and senior pathways for Aboriginal students

• develop a diverse network of like-minded educators beyond the school.


Presenter information

AJ Williams-Tchen          

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.  AJ has supported several schools and organisations with the development of their Reconciliation Action Plans as well as Museum Victoria’s First Indigenous Employment & Career Development Strategy.




David Burton                  

David has a background in teacher coaching and professional learning, curriculum development, middle years innovation and the integration of new learning technologies into the classroom. David has particular expertise with the International Baccalaureate programs. As a regular IB conference presenter and workshop leader over the last ten years, David has led professional learning with schools and teachers across Australia and New Zealand as well as throughout Asia, Europe and Africa.