PALS

PALS is an initiative of the department which encourages Western Australian (WA) schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation in their local community. PALS is based on the core attributes of:

Partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people based on trust, mutual respect and understanding;
Acceptance of and respect for diversity and valuing Aboriginal perspectives;
Learning more about each other, Aboriginal histories, languages and cultures; and how we can build strong partnerships with Aboriginal people;
Sharing a common journey towards healing and reconciliation.

Funding

Funding assistance of $1,000 is available for your school to complete a PALS project. PALS funding is available to all WA primary and secondary schools and encourages schools with and without Aboriginal students to participate. PALS projects are varied, and your school may already be involved with initiatives that are eligible for PALS funding.

Applying for PALS

The PALS funding round for 2021 is now open. The closing date for Applications is 9 April 2021.

To apply for funding, please sign in or register, and then proceed to the Application Form.

Does your school have an outstanding 2020 PALS Acquittal?

To submit your schools acquittal, please sign in or register, and then proceed to the Acquittal Form. Acquittals for 2020 PALS Projects will be accepted until 9 April 2021.

Please contact the PALS Officer on (08) 6552 1657 or pals@dlgsc.wa.gov.au should you require further assistance.

Introducing the PALS Project Toolkit!

PALS is very pleased to present the PALS Project Toolkit!

From 2020, it is a mandatory component of the PALS funding, for projects to demonstrate clear links to aspects of the WA Curriculum.

The Toolkit will be a valuable resource to schools, designed as a guide to assist educators with project ideas for the PALS program, and includes:

  • an overview of the six funding categories (also seen below)
  • ideas for possible projects
  • past examples of successful projects
  • a list of recommended resources.

Also available for download are the following resources, which compliment the Toolkit:

  • PALS Planning Sheet, which identifies key elements to consider when planning and developing your project and provides a step by step framework; and

  • PALS Connecting to curriculum: Aboriginal cultures, histories and communities in the classroom is a guide to assist educators with establishing clear links to the WA Curriculum, Cross Curriculum Priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures; and Aboriginal Education Standards frameworks.

The PALS Project Toolkit has been developed in partnership with, and is supported by the WA Department of Education, Catholic Education WA and Association of Independent Schools of WA.

PALS Categories

PALS projects must focus on reconciliation and align with one or more of our six categories. In addition, an in class learning component is mandatory and must feature with your grant.

  1. Arts: Embracing traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art by exploring visual and performing art forms; engaging with Aboriginal people to share traditional knowledge, to learn and practice these art forms and to understand the role of art as a means of story-telling in Aboriginal culture.

  2. Community Relationships: Building collaborative, trusting and respectful relationships with Aboriginal students, families and communities; developing and maintaining sustainable partnerships between Aboriginal and non-  Aboriginal people across the entire school community.

  3. Connecting to Country and Culture: Exploring the strong spiritual connection between Aboriginal people and Country including the importance of land, caring for country and using natural resources in a sustainable manner; spending time on country; and learning about the historical and cultural significance of the school’s local area.

  4. History: Increasing staff and students' knowledge of Aboriginal histories and cultures, including understanding significant Aboriginal people, places or events; exploring the impacts of colonisation; understanding how historical events are relevant in a contemporary context in Australia’s journey towards reconciliation.

  5. Inclusive Environments: Creating learning environments that respect the cultures, languages and experiences of Aboriginal people; creating a physical space that enables students to learn in settings that are connected to local histories, cultures and languages; establishing initiatives and approaches that support the physical health and social and emotional wellbeing of students.

  6. Language: Increasing awareness and appreciation of local Aboriginal languages by exploring culture through storytelling, contemporary literature and written and visual resources; collaborating with local Aboriginal families and communities to appreciate the diversity and importance of Aboriginal languages within the school and broader community.

Who to Contact

Please contact the PALS Project Officer on (08) 6552 1657 or via email at pals@dlgsc.wa.gov.au should you require further assistance.

You can also find out more about PALS at our website: Partnership Acceptance Learning Sharing (PALS) (dlgsc.wa.gov.au).