Koorie Engagement Support Officers

KESOs work with families, communities, education and service providers to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners to participate fully in education.

  • Tier: Tier 2: Early Intervention and cohort specific support
  • Type of intervention: Support for diverse cohorts
  • Strength of evidence: Registered professional
  • Geographic location: State-wide

Program description

KESOs are part of an area-based team of professionals who understand Aboriginal culture and history of the community. KESOs support schools with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners to participate fully in education by providing advice and building capability within schools. Together with their student support colleagues, KESOs may guide schools about culturally inclusive learning environments, identify services to support student engagement and improved outcomes, and support schools to build relationships with Koorie students and families.

KESOs are not qualified mental health practitioners or allied health professionals, however, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, are able to guide schools towards the most appropriate resources to support Koorie students.

Intended outcomes

  • Create culturally inclusive learning environments
  • Facilitate and support access to assist in improving wellbeing and mental health outcomes for Koorie students and families

Program details

Target audience
  • Primary school students
  • Secondary school students
  • Capacity building for primary school staff
  • Capacity building for secondary school staff
Program providerDepartment of Education VIC
Delivery modeFace-to-face

Implementation considerations

Factors to consider: School communities must have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners.


  • Item cost: Free
  • Detailed cost: Free