Aboriginal Advisory Body

Aboriginal Advisory Body

We are seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for appointment as members of our new Aboriginal Advisory Body.

The external advisory body will have an important role in the governance and oversight of our progress towards reconciliation and creating a culturally-responsive education system, to support the wellbeing, engagement and achievement of Aboriginal students in public schools.

Nominated members will advise and guide us to work in ways that value the knowledge, expertise, and experiences of Aboriginal people, and create opportunities to work collaboratively with Aboriginal communities to determine aspirations and set directions for students.

We’re offering 9 appointments which include meeting fees (for intellectual cultural property) and long-distance travel expenses.

Members of the Aboriginal Advisory Body will:
  • provide strategic and cultural advice on the delivery of public education that meets the needs of students and families
  • model culturally-responsive approaches and lead discussions which help us build a culturally-responsive Department
  • work in partnership with the Corporate Executive to provide advice in the delivery of education to Aboriginal students
  • foster relationships and strategic partnerships with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and communities
  • lead, drive and advocate for reconciliation and truth-telling, to build a reconciled public education system.
Applicants must be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who: 
  • reside in Western Australia
  • have an interest in public education
  • are not currently employed by the Department of Education
  • are committed to strengths-based approaches
  • value diverse perspectives
  • can provide insightful and cultural knowledge
  • have experience liaising with government representatives
  • support systems-change approaches and innovative thinking
  • can collaborate
  • are committed to ecological ways of working and systems thinking
  • drive and represent the needs and aspirations of their communities
  • have strong interpersonal skills
  • have some understanding of state and federal government priorities
  • advocate for their community and for systems change.
Selection criteria
In your expression of interest, you need to address 3 selection criteria:
  • Your reasons for applying and the personal qualities you would bring to the role.
  • Outline your knowledge, skills and experiences that would contribute to the role of the Aboriginal Advisory Body.
  • Outline your vision for a reconciled and culturally-responsive public education system.
Before you submit an expression of interest (EOI), make sure you have read and understood the Aboriginal Advisory Body Terms of Reference.

These are draft terms of reference and will be ratified by the Director General and Aboriginal Advisory Body members at the first meeting.
Terms of appointment

We will appoint members for a 2-year term. To ensure continuity, we will stagger the appointment process.

We may renew a member’s appointment before it expires, with the possibility of extension with approval from the co-chairs. The member’s second term can’t exceed a further 2 years. Their appointment can’t exceed more than 4 years in total.

Time commitment

The Aboriginal Advisory Body will meet quarterly (4 times a year or once per school term). Meetings may be up to one day in length.

The meetings may occur in person, online, on and off Country or out-of-session.

We will remunerate members for each meeting they attend.


All members will be paid a meeting fee for their intellectual cultural property (ICP), in accordance with public sector standards.

The following rates have been determined by the Public Sector Commissioner based on the Terms of Reference.

  • $732 per full day meeting over 4 hours
  • $476 per part day meeting of up to 4 hours


  • $476 per full day meeting over 4 hours
  • $309 per part day meeting of up to 4 hours

Expressions of interest closed at 5 pm on Sunday 30 April 2023.

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Contact us
For more information about the Aboriginal Advisory Body, email Aboriginal.Advisory.Body@education.wa.edu.au.

The term ‘Aboriginal’ respectfully refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.