PALS is an initiative of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs that encourages young people to take a leadership role in strengthening the relationships that exist in their local community between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. To do this, students expand their knowledge of traditional Indigenous culture and lifestyle and explore how it has been impacted over the past two hundred years by external factors such as European settlement, government policies, religion, technology and education. This new level of understanding is then used to introduce a positive change in their life and community.
Schools undertaking PALS projects are also encouraged to participate in the PALS Awards. To enter, schools document their progress using a combination of interviews, video, photography and written words to explain their journey and the impact it has had on their community.
Last modified: 17 May 2013