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About the South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA)

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The South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA) works with schools to provide a unique educational program to support secondary Aboriginal learners.

We work with school leaders and local communities to enable government schools across South Australia to access culturally safe and responsive education programs where curriculum is connected to culture.

We give students the skills, opportunities and confidence to dream, believe and achieve in the areas of sport, education, employment, healthy living and connection with their culture.

SAASTA supports students throughout secondary school and helps set them up for successful post-school transitions to further education, training or employment.

Every SAASTA student is encouraged to aim high in the areas of attendance, participation, educational performance, and behaviour. As role models for their schools, families and communities, students support each other to achieve these high expectations.

Who can be part of SAASTA?

SAASTA school-based and specialist academies are available to students in years 10, 11 and 12 who are studying the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). The SAASTA Connect program is available to South Australian students in years 7, 8 and 9 who attend schools that have their own Connect program.

Focus areas

There are 6 focus areas for SAASTA students.

1. Academic performance

Students are supported to achieve academic success in all curriculum areas, including subjects outside of SAASTA.

2. Attendance

Students are expected to maintain an attendance rate of at least 80%. All absences must be explained and recorded following the school’s attendance policy.

3. Behaviour

Students must always follow their school’s Behaviour Management Code.

4. Teamwork

Students are expected to show a high standard of teamwork and actively participate in all aspects of SAASTA.

5. Pride

Students represent SAASTA at school and in the community in a positive manner, including wearing their uniform correctly.

6. Respect

Students show a high standard of respect and courtesy toward all staff, students, coaches and visitors, as well as when outside of school in the community. In sport competitions, there is a strong emphasis on fair play and positive sportsmanship.

Success in each focus area, individually and collectively, fosters stronger student engagement in learning and help set students up for successful post-school transitions.


There are 3 SAASTA programs. For information on how to enrol in each see:

SAASTA student enrolments in years 10, 11 and 12

2022 665
2021 604
2020 569
2019 491

These don’t include years 7, 8 and 9 enrolments in SAASTA Connect.

Two SAASTA students sitting outside with a SAASTA instructor. They are all smiling.

Acknowledgement of Country

At SAASTA we recognise and acknowledge that a number of our academies are located on the lands of the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the wider Adelaide region. We would also like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands beyond Kaurna country where our academies have been established. We respect the cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship that Aboriginal people have with the land and understand that this remains of significant importance today.


Phone: 8226 1204
EmailSAASTA [at] sa.gov.au