Some future directions.

Staffing equity with other schools across Australia.


Small school status for homelands.


"We want and need a permanent teacher based here." Kevin Gatji (Elder) March 2003

It has been argued by many that homeland residents have retreated from the towns and from balanda influence and do not want balanda teachers living in their homelands. This is not correct for many Homelands.

All the long standing, permanent homeland communites have long stated the desperate need for a resident teacher.

A pathway for the transition of a Homeland Learning Centre to small school status needs to be urgently investigated, as there is no current means to become a small school.

A review of Homeland Schooling is overdue, there is NO DEET homelands policy.

In line stated DEET policy, the provision of resources on the basis of need rings hollow when we consider the situation of Homeland centre schooling.

  • untrained teachers solely responsible for managing classes
  • students ranging from preschool through to upper high school ages
  • limited access to resources

There are about 20 small schools in the NT some with enrolments are low as 4. These schools have access to fulltime qualified teachers and aides, computers, internet and all the infrastruture that goes to normal schools. Why should a school with 4 white children be fully equipped when there are homeland learning centres with over 40 students that are denied a fulltime teacher and distance education?

What is a Homeland

Map of HLC's









The teachers

2-way Review

02 -04 Att. Patterns

2004 Enrolments

Teacher Development

Lighthouse: Coop

Secondary Provision

Training or self help


In the Galiwin'ku township money is poured into services and training areas. Virtually none is available to support projects that lead to permanent employment, engaging Yolŋu, long term satisfaction, and overall enhancement of self esteem and reinforcement of Yolŋu identity.

Small business, such as at Mäpuru (weaving). Management of stores, ranger programs for youth.


Licences & VET







Assistance for those Homeland residents willing to study at higher education levels.


On site courses of study are too diffcult for homeland residents.



Provision of Latis to HLC's


Recently the CEO, Peter Plummer said through Latis "all teachers are now access to email and computer services". Not true as Homeland teachers do not have access to computers and do not have internet access.

Computer technology has the capability to assist in the provision of distance education, the development of computer skills, and improve communication with DEET employers and schools.

In 2001 every NT cattle station with one or more children was given a computer satellite dish, computer and printer. Homelands were not included in this provision despite many having attendances of 40 or more students.

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