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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Years 9-10
  2. Aboriginal Studies
  3. Activities
  4. Letter to the Editor on Local Aboriginal Employment
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Letter to the Editor on Local Aboriginal Employment

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Description of activity

Students will use their research to write a letter to the editor of the local paper that explains the impacts of Aboriginal enterprises and organisations on employment rates and economic development generally, raises or responds to some concerns about welfare dependency and the role of CDEPs (Community Development Employment Programs), and gives some enterprise-specific information from a previous research task undertaken by the class. Students will apply ethical research skills in the writing and researching of this activity.

This activity will take about one week and will be assessed by the teacher with reference to the criteria and marking guidelines.


This activity is found in the unit of work The Effects of Aboriginal Enterprises and Organisations on Aboriginal Employment and Economic Development. This activity covers the issue of Aboriginal employment in Aboriginal organisations and enterprises as well as the issue of Aboriginal employment in the wider Australian society. It is also meant to address the issues of welfare dependency, and employment and training in culturally appropriate settings. It is important that the local community is consulted and appropriate community consultation and protocols are used.

Link to Working with Aboriginal Communities:


A student:

5.6 explains the importance of self-determination and autonomy to all aspects of Aboriginal Peoples’ participation nationally and internationally

5.7 assesses the significance of contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Australian society

5.8 analyses the interaction of the wider Australian community with Aboriginal Peoples and cultures

5.10 independently identifies and applies appropriate community consultation protocols and ethical research practices to gather and interpret data

5.11 independently uses a range of research techniques and technologies to locate, select, organise and communicate information and findings.

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

In this activity students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • effectively communicate in written form, using appropriate terms and concepts, their research on Aboriginal employment in the local area
  • apply ethical research practices
  • analyse relevant data using a range of sources
  • analyse key issues on Aboriginal employment in the local area.
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