Understanding protocols

Community protocols refer to the ways in which communities and families prefer to interact with each other and with the school.

It is important that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols are considered in the curriculum as breaches could impact on developing partnerships, future engagement in the school and at times could bring harm to specific peoples. Protocols can only be fully understood during the process of following (or breaking) them.

Advice around protocols should be gained through Indigenous Education Workers, local community Elders and resources. If in doubt, contact your local Indigenous Schooling Support Unit (ISSU) for support.

Basic protocols include: 

  • making introductions
  • establishing open communication
  • building positive relationships.
The Queensland Government provides information on:

 Related information

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority material outlines the roles and relationships expected of teachers and students working with Indigenous communities and Indigenous knowledge within an educational context.

The Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative committee (QIECC) provides independent advice to government on issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.​

Last updated
10 September 2014