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SAASTA delivers 21 school-based academies across South Australia for Aboriginal students in years 10, 11 and 12.

Students complete SACE curriculum provided by SAASTA. The academies are delivered by educators within the 21 schools and are available to students who attend those schools and nearby schools.

Enrolments and locations

Students can apply to enrol in their area’s SAASTA school-based academy as part of their subject counselling.

Students at other schools within the area can apply to enrol in a nearby school’s SAASTA academy. These students will split their time across both sites and continue to attend their home school for their subjects outside of SAASTA.

SAASTA school-based academies operate in the following regions:

  • Ceduna
  • Central Yorke
  • Christies Beach
  • Gawler and District
  • Hills & Victor
  • Le Fevre
  • Mark Oliphant
  • Murray Bridge
  • Ocean View
  • Parafield Gardens
  • Para Hills
  • Paralowie
  • Playford
  • Port Augusta
  • Port Lincoln
  • Port Pirie
  • Regional (delivered remotely)
  • Riverland
  • Salisbury
  • South East
  • Whyalla.

For more information about enrolling, talk to your school or email SAASTA at SAASTA@sa.gov.au to be put in touch with your local SAASTA Coordinator.


Students can select SAASTA curriculum options including SACE stage 1 and 2 Integrated Learning, Aboriginal Studies, and Health and Wellbeing. Students complete these through their SAASTA school-based academy alongside their other chosen SACE subjects outside of SAASTA.

All SAASTA curriculum areas have a focus on Aboriginal culture, development of identity and leadership capacity building. They emphasize community engagement and Aboriginal voice.

Embedding critical connections with culture and identity within SACE subjects strengthens students’ engagement in their learning, supporting them to complete the SACE and transition successfully from school to further education, training or employment.

Aboriginal Career Exploration program

Students in year 10 can participate in the Aboriginal Career Exploration (ACE) program.

The ACE program is delivered through a partnership between SAASTA and The Workabout Centre. It includes the ACE Expo, where Aboriginal students from across the state come together to connect with employers, training, higher education and health providers as they learn more about transition pathways from school to employment, training or further education.

Students participate in block weeks where they learn about different industries, which culminate in an industry immersion week. Students gain 20 SACE credits of Stage 1 Community Learning

Events for school-based academy students

School-based academy students are invited to participate in 2 major events each year:

  • The Santos Aboriginal Power Cup, delivered in partnership with the Port Adelaide Football Club, and finishing with a football carnival towards the end of semester 1.
  • SAASTA Shield in semester 2, which alternates sports each year.

These competitions support the connection between sport, completing the SACE and connecting with the community. They promote the health, social and economic benefits of combining sport and education, both at school and as students transition to post-school training, education and employment.  To be involved, academy students have complete curriculum tasks, uphold behaviour standards and meet attendance requirements.

SAASTA’s annual events has more information.


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