KARI’s education programs, forum and awards strive to offer students ongoing support, self-confidence and hope for a prosperous future.

Scholarship Program

The KARI School Scholarship Program is aimed at high school students in Years 11 and 12 in the South West Sydney and Western Sydney regions. The program ultimately strives to close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educational outcomes. We aim to achieve this by providing ongoing support with a KARI mentor, as well as a pre-determined amount of monetary assistance to cover schooling costs like fees, uniforms, textbooks and excursions.

Every student is paired with a KARI mentor, who visits each term to offer support with their educational progress and development at school. They also take the opportunity to chat about potential career options and opportunities for further education – arming the student with the tools and skills needed to take a more proactive approach with their future.

Regular correspondence with students and their teachers, as well as report assessments help to measure and ensure ongoing success and engagement.

To find out if your child is eligible contact the Community Programs team at 

Student Awards

The annual South West Sydney Aboriginal Student Achievement Awards acknowledge both the achievements of Aboriginal students and contributions made to Aboriginal education by Aboriginal members of the South West Sydney community.

Run by the Department of Education, the award’s recipients are nominated by their teachers in a range of categories including:

  • Culture, courage and commitment
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Sporting achievements
  • Attendance
  • Leadership, citizenship and community services
  • Creative and performing arts
  • Community acknowledgement

KARI sponsors the awards through the KARI All Rounder Initiative Award, where the recipient is selected based on their achievements in all facets of their learning. One student from each grade (K-12) has the opportunity to win the award, and KARI is proud to celebrate with 13 winners annually.

We’ve also committed to sponsoring the South West Sydney Region art competition, where students are invited to design a logo for the annual awards invitation.

Education Forum

The Education Forum offers Aboriginal students (years 10-12) from South West Sydney the opportunity to learn more about their options beyond the Higher School Certificate.

The one-day event sees the students, parents and teachers discussing a host of options for the future with a variety of tertiary education and employment providers.

Adult Education Programs

KARI’s adult education programs see participants whipping up masterpieces in both the kitchen and the art studio.

Indigenous Art

This program teaches local community members about Aboriginal art, both traditional and contemporary, while providing them with the skills to teach others. Tailored to suit everyone from student school groups to adult group classes, the program is taught by locally and internationally-renowned artists with the hope of increasing the artistic confidence of all who attend.


This program, which is currently made possible by Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, Wetherill Park, teaches participants how to create low budget, healthy food both in the community and at home. Under the instruction of a professional chef, you’ll whip up tasty, nutritious meals while learning fun facts about healthy eating and safe cooking practices.


KARI has been recognised for its commitment to education, receiving an award in the field.pyp-award-winner-graphic-2016

NAPCAN Play Your Part Awards:

KARI School Scholarship Program 2016