About Us

The Stronger Smarter Philosophy is changing the tide of low expectations in Indigenous Education in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students


Delivering better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

In 2015, the Stronger Smarter Institute celebrates 10 years of delivering better outcomes for Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across Australia.

We celebrate 10 years of partnering with dedicated schools and communities who share our approach in the transformative power of high expectation relationships; positive sense of cultural identity and positive Indigenous leadership.

To date we have partnered with over 500 schools across the nation and through over 1,900 graduates of our leadership program have directly influenced the classrooms and outcomes of over 38,000 Indigenous students.

As a result we are not just increasing the educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, but forever changing future generations, by partnering with and supporting parents and teachers.

Our Vision

We want to see Stronger Smarter communities across Australia, where people are strong in culture, strong in identity and are able to enjoy prosperous, safe and healthy lives.

Our Mission

At the Stronger Smarter Institute, our mission is to directly improve the educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Beyond the Classroom

We are proud to say that we have brought the conversation around High Expectations Relationships, positive sense of cultural identity and positive Indigenous leadership to the forefront of Australia’s education system. It is becoming fundamental speak among educators, academics, professionals and governments as crucial to improving the educational outcomes of Indigenous children.

We have also sparked discussion on how High Expectation Relationships goes beyond the classroom and why it is a unique and essential foundation of the Stronger Smarter approach.

We have shown why High Expectations Relationships is not just applicable in the classroom, but should be intrinsic practice in the boardroom, office or even sporting field.

Journey Ahead

Australia is facing a population bubble within the 0-4 year old age cohort that follows similar population growth in the 5-11 years cohort. This bubble has not peaked.

Australia’s educators and communities trust and support the ‘stronger smarter’ approach and as such the Institute’s growth is not just eminent, it’s crucial to meet this growing student population.

We plan to continue our footprint right across the country, through our partnerships with educators and parents, thereby ensuring every child succeeds in a Stronger Smarter classroom.

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Stronger Smarter Philosophy

The Stronger Smarter philosophy honours a positive sense of cultural identity, and acknowledges and embraces positive community leadership, enabling innovative and dynamic approaches and processes that are anchored by high expectations relationships.

High expectations relationships honour the humanity of others, and in so doing, acknowledge one’s strengths, capacity and human right to emancipatory opportunity.



The Stronger Smarter Philosophy articulates a set of five interconnecting strategies:

  • Acknowledging, embracing and developing a positive sense of identity in schools
  • Acknowledging and embracing Indigenous leadership in schools and school communities
  • ‘High expectations’ leadership to ensure ‘high expectations’ classrooms, with ‘high expectations’ teacher/student relationships
  • Innovative and dynamic school models in complex social and cultural contexts
  • Innovative and dynamic school staffing models in complex social and cultural contexts


Our Logo:

Stronger Smarter Institute LogoThe Stronger Smarter Institute is represented by the soaring eagle. Honouring the contributions made by the Cherbourg community  when the inaugural Institute logo was developed, the eagle symbolises pride and a strong sense of identity.

The eagle soars high towards a new horizon, towards a new era for Indigenous education – where we move beyond hope through high expectations relationships to positive outcomes and great achievements for Indigenous children.

The waves symbolise our connection with all Australians, with the belief that people connected to saltwater, freshwater or the deserts can identify with a stronger smarter way of life.