Teachers of STEM Initiative – Application Guidelines


To be eligible for this Initiative you must:

  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander woman
  • Be willing to study an undergraduate STEM teaching qualification or;
  • Be prepared to upgrade your existing teaching qualification with an approved STEM course or;
  • Be prepared to study a Masters of Teaching to support your existing STEM qualification
  • Be committed to transforming Indigenous students educational outcomes

The process  

STEP 1 – Online Application
Complete the online application – this involves responding to specific Selection Criteria.

STEP 2 – Shortlisting
From your application we will assess your suitability through a shortlisting process.  If you are shortlisted you will be contacted for the purpose of setting up an interview time.  At this stage we will request you to supply your Confirmation of Aboriginality and Referee Reports. 

STEP 3 – Interview
The Interview will be conducted virtually with a panel of three people. You will be asked a series of questions to assess your suitability for this initiative. The interview will take approximately one hour.  You will be emailed the questions prior to your interview to allow you time to prepare your responses.

STEP 4 – Offer
If you have been successful in your interview we will make you an official offer to take up a place in the Teachers of STEM Initiative 2021 intake.  

STEP 5 – Contract
Your acceptance of our offer will come through a contract.  The contract stipulates all your entitlements under this Initiative, our support of you and our expectations of you whilst engaged in this project. Your official acceptance of our offer will be confirmed once you sign this contract and it has been received by the Institute. 

STEP 6 – Enrolment
Formal enrolment into your approved course of study can now occur. 

Application Criteria  

Proof of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Identity
To meet this criteria, you must be able to satisfy all three parts of the following definition: 

  • Descent – the individual can prove that a parent is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and 
  • Self-identification – the individual identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and 
  • Community recognition – the individual is accepted as such by the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community in which they live. 

Descenta family tree and any supporting documentation  

Community recognitiontwo written references required from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander referees who are not close relatives of the applicant OR Confirmation of Aboriginality received from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Organisation 

In cases of stolen generation or disconnection from family: the Stronger Smarter Institute will consider applications where you can provide clear supporting documentary evidence (from Link-up or other such family history or reunification services) that you family heritage is Indigenous.

Evidence to support your claim will need to be provided after the Shortlisting Stage and prior to the Interview Stage of the Selection Process. 


Tips for completing and building a strong Application 

Introduction to Stronger Smarter Online Module – Free Registration 

A strong application can have familiarity with Stronger Smarter Institute Language and Processes. To build a strong application Complete the Stronger Smarter Online Module .

The Introduction to Stronger Smarter Online Professional Learning Module presents the Stronger Smarter approach and meta-strategies and examines critical elements of practice in schools working to make a difference in Indigenous education. 

The Module encourages participants to reflect on their capacity to make a difference and explores ways to enhance educational outcomes for Indigenous students. 

Research the topics

Suggestions for your research can be done through a variety of avenues:

  • Talk to your family Elders 
  • Talk to other Elders in your Community  
  • Talk to Traditional Custodians of the Country where you live and work.

Research online: 



Reflect on your how you are with your family/clan/mob/Country/languages you speak 

  • Select a particular time (eg season) where you can describe the interconnectedness of what occurs, what can be seen (stars, stages of life cycles of animals/trees, weather) 
  • How ceremony and gatherings are apart of family life 
  • Knowing your kinship system, family ties, totems, language and traditions 

Reflect on how you are with your community

  • How Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Events are you and family involved in. 
  • Name Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations/groups/clubs you are involved with Eg Health Centre, Housing Orgs, Sporting Clubs, Dance groups, community groups. 

Some of these questions may be confronting or challenging – where can you get help? Creating a safe space.