Community Understanding and Safety

William Ruthven Primary School ensures that its staff provide a cultural safe and inclusive learning and playing environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

In 2019, Sonja Foster (Koorie Engagement Support Officer) and her team provided Community Understanding and Safety Training (CUST) to staff. The training involved deepening teachers’ understanding of indigenous culture, the importance of equity and inclusion in educational practice, and what schools can do to provide a culturally safe learning environment for Koorie students.


In July 2022, Zoe Upton (Koorie Engagement Coordinator) provided CUS re-fresher training to all teaching and non-teaching staff. This re-fresher training was part of the school's commitment to Child Safe Standard 1: Establishing a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued

See: Cultural safety for aboriginal children (Tip sheet)


For more information, please see: Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated's Community Understanding and Safety Training.