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The South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) is a sporting and educational organisation that provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander senior high school students with skills, opportunities and confidence to achieve in the areas of sport, education, employment and healthy living. SAASTA's program is delivered to students from 32 South Australian state schools, at 14 Academy sites. It targets students who are studying the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
Students who are recruited into the program are enrolled in SAASTA subjects at their local SAASTA Academy. All Academies offer a minimum of two SAASTA subjects, with students completing their additional subjects in mainstream schooling. All SAASTA subjects count toward the attainment of the SACE. SAASTA subjects include:
In addition to the educational outcomes achieved by students, SAASTA place a strong emphasis on enabling students to grow as people, connect with their culture and gain an understanding and attitude towards the importance of becoming independently resilient.
SAASTA was launched in 2005 following a recommendation by the South Australian Government's Social Inclusion Board as part of its review of Aboriginal health and wellbeing. In 2009, SAASTA was recognised as a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) 'best practice' model for Indigenous reform.
Abstract adapted from South Australian Sports Training Academy (SAASTA)
South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) headquarters
1st Floor East, 31 Flinders Street
GPO Box 1152
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Ph: (08) 8226 1204