Aboriginal people work in a wide variety of roles across the department - in schools, TAFE institutes and our corporates areas.
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education teacher, Gorokan High School
Prior to working for the department, Teela worked as a support officer for an Aboriginal young leaders' program, travelling into rural and remote NSW communities mentoring selected young Aboriginal leaders. Read more
Institute director, New England Institute of TAFE
Paul's career has changed track numerous times, working in such roles as surveyor, draftsman, Aboriginal sites officer, senior policy officer, office administrator, marketing officer, economics lecturer, oyster farmer and client services officer.
Teacher, Normanhurst West public school
"Teaching can be one of the most rewarding jobs. It is not easy and can have its down times but for me the rewards outweigh the negatives."
Teacher at the Royal Far West school, Manly
"It is a fantastic career. There is a lot of support out there and someone who is always more than willing to help you out."
Aboriginal support officer, Aboriginal Education and Training directorate
Her role involves designing materials for conferences, awards, meetings and events. Wallula is a qualified graphic designer, and since being employed with the department has been provided with opportunities for further skill development. Read more.
Assistant principal, Rosemeadow Public School
"I really want to continue to work hard with courage and determination, to foster and support positive changes in education with a particular focus on Aboriginal education." Read more.
Acting strategic coordination officer, Sydney
Claire works in the Aboriginal Education and Training Directorate as the acting strategic coordination officer. Her own career path has taught her that everybody has something to offer the department, regardless of their background. Read more.
Student attendance and support officer, Wyong High School
"I was given a lot of support and encouragement which made me believe in myself and feel I was worthy of my position. Opportunities such as the mentor program have proven this to me and shown others in my workplace the value of team work." Read more
Aboriginal community liaison officer, Tamworth
"The interaction of sharing good and bad times and seeing the funny side of things in my job makes it more fantastic. But most of all I love visiting schools, meeting and speaking with all of the students, principals and teachers." Read more
Personal development, health and physical education teacher, Vincentia High School
"Being in the public education system as a positive role model, encouraging and demonstrating to all students the capacity to achieve is extremely important."
Senior education officer, Aboriginal education and engagement, south western Sydney region
"Some of the roles I have undertaken in schools include sports organiser, year advisor, SRC coordinator, head teacher and relieving deputy principal."
School administration manager, Goodooga Central School, Bourke
Aboriginal peoples are best able to make decisions and advocate for our children. Aboriginal parents feel more comfortable coming into the school with familiar faces to greet and assist them." Read more.