Our Commitment to Reconciliation

Teach For Australia would like to acknowledge the many Traditional Custodians of the lands throughout Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Australia’s first peoples.

 As the oldest living civilisation in the world, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the original custodians of education, leadership and knowledge transfer, from whom we still have so much to learn. 

Teach for Australia believes that reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples is critical to achieving our vision of an excellent education for all Australians. We believe our young peoples are our future. We believe in their unlimited potential, and that we must work together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, their families, communities, schools and systems to ensure that future is as bright as possible. As educators across the nation, we see daily the many large and small ways that the potential of our young peoples is constrained – and this is particularly true for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. We must better partner with and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to together address these barriers and unleash their potential.

Therefore, commitment to and vision for reconciliation requires us to:

  • cultivate and demonstrate deep respect and humility for the thousands of years of culture, knowledge, and ways of learning that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians steward;
  • acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rich histories as well as the ongoing impact of colonisation and successive policies which have contributed to the significant challenges and barriers facing First Nations peoples;
  • celebrate each child’s identity, living knowledge, and culture;
  • ensure quality education that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to be successful as they navigate multiple cultures; and
  • stand alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in support of the agency, voice, and self-determination they have sought and expressed through the Uluru Statement from the Heart and Imagination Declaration.

You can read the first stage of our Reconciliation Action Plan (Reflect RAP) here

Learn the story behind out RAP artwork 

Read an open letter on equity and TFA’s commitment, from our CEO

Explore Narragunnawali: an important resource for Reconciliation in education