Innovations within the Homeland Section - Driver Education / VET

In 2003 a driving instructor was employed to instruct teachers and eligible students .

As a result of this tuition, three Homeland teachers and thirty students gained licences to drive vehicles.

This has been an enormous boost to personal confidence of those teachers, as well as providing and role models within the wider homeland communities for other Yolŋu men and women.

(It needs to be noted that for people living in homelands, it is extremely difficult to gain a driving licence. People usually have no ID or birth records, little literacy to pass the theory test, and police are rarely available during their brief visits to Galiwin'ku to assist. with licences.

What is a Homeland

Map of HLC's









The teachers

2-way Review

02 -04 Att. Patterns

2004 Enrolments

Vocational Education


All too often VET courses are negative in their impact on local populations. While such courses provide funding for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) they all too often have a negative impact on student self esteem. At the end of course students are left with no employment and feelings of not being good enough.


In 2004 the Homelands section of Shepherdson College reached agreement with Marthakal Resource Centre and Batchelor Institute to deliver Training Remote Youth (TRY) programs. The young men from Donydji and Mapuru will work along side contractors to repair Homeland houses. This delivery of Certificate One in Community Maintenance is due to start in July 2004.

Teacher Development

Lighthouse: Coop

Secondary Provision

Licences & VET









Jackie (teacher) Jamie, Mandja and Guduttji make repairs. May 2004

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