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Specialist academies of the South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA)

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SAASTA specialist academies are delivered 1 day per week during the school term by SAASTA staff in partnership with industry professionals.

There are 4 SAASTA specialist academies for students with a keen interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or playing sports at the highest level they can.

The 4 specialist academies are:

  • SAASTA Aboriginal Basketball Academy in partnership with the Aboriginal Basketball Academy.
  • SAASTA Aboriginal Football Academy (soccer) in partnership with the North Eastern MetroStars Soccer Club.
  • SAASTA Aboriginal Netball Academy in partnership with Netball SA.
  • SAASTA Aboriginal STEM Academy in partnership with the University of South Australia.


SAASTA specialist sport academies are open to Aboriginal students in years 10, 11 and 12. The Aboriginal STEM Academy is open to student in years 10 and 11. Students apply through a central enrolment process and will receive information when the trials are advertised. Students need to reapply each year.

Applications for the 2023 Specialist Academies closed on 16 October 2022.

Students who are successful in applying for the academies will be required to arrange their own transport to and from the program each week.


Students attend their SAASTA specialist academy 1 day a week. They attend their home school for the remainder of the school week.

Students spend half their academy day focused on their specialist area in STEM or elite sport. This also includes leadership building, cultural engagement, role modelling for younger students and interacting with industry professionals.

Students use the other half of the day on their SACE curriculum. Subjects include Aboriginal Studies, Indigenous Leadership, Sports Science, Scientific Studies and Community Learning.

Combining students’ passions and interests in their specialist areas of STEM or sports with SACE subjects that reflect the importance of culture and leadership allows students to see the relevance of their learning to their future career pathway options. This promotes stronger engagement and achievement, supporting SACE completion and positive post-school transition outcomes.

Additional opportunities

Students enrolled in a SAASTA specialist academy are invited to several optional events and activities throughout the year.

Students are encouraged to participate in the activities and events that interest them and support their goals including:

  • coaching and umpiring training
  • competition in sporting events
  • training and development with professional sporting organisations
  • delivering workshops at the Aboriginal STEM Congress
  • engaging with universities and training organisations
  • excursions and camps linked to the curriculum
  • leadership and cultural engagement.


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