Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Workers assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in their education, provide feedback to parents or guardians and teachers about students' progress, and liaise with educational bodies, government agencies and committees.

Specialisations: Aboriginal Education Worker Coordinator, Aboriginal Home-School Liaison Officer.

You can work as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in aboriginal and/or torres strait islander primary health care might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Demonstrates, supervises and participates in activities which enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in schools and preschool centres.
  • Prepares indoor and outdoor areas for learning and recreational activities.
  • Assists children with intellectual, physical and behavioural difficulties with their academic studies.
  • Assists children individually to learn social skills.
  • Assists with preparing teaching aids by copying and collating written and printed material.
  • Distributes and collects lesson material.
  • Provides assistance to small groups of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students.
  • Provides home-school liaison and counselling for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students and their families.

More about Education Aides

All Education Aides

  • $1,094 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Workers

  • 2,000 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 45% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 77% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Workers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 1,900 in 2011 to 2,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Workers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia and the Northern Territory have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (45%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 77% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

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Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training91.6
Public Administration and Safety3.2
Health Care and Social Assistance2.1
Other Services1.7
Other Industries1.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW25.831.6
VIC3.825.6
QLD21.920.0
SA10.87.0
WA20.710.8
TAS1.02.0
NT15.01.0
ACT0.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.6-5.05.0
20-249.2-9.39.3
25-3423.0-22.922.9
35-4423.7-22.022.0
45-5424.5-21.621.6
55-599.5-9.09.0
60-644.7-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree8.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV26.1-21.121.1
Year 1218.2-18.118.1
Year 119.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below21.9-12.512.5

You can work as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in aboriginal and/or torres strait islander primary health care might be helpful.

You must also be registered with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working with children check

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Education Aides who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well as part of a team and are motivated.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Psychology

    50% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  2. Education and training

    50% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Customer and personal service

    49% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English language

    49% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Computers and electronics

    40% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    94% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Teamwork

    89% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Physically close to people

    85% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-9041.00 - Teacher Assistants.

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