What is SAASTA?

The South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) is a unique sporting and educational program that provides Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander high school students with the skills, opportunities and confidence to Dream, Believe and Achieve in the areas sport, education, employment and healthy living.

SAASTA is delivered in South Australian state schools and targets senior secondary students who are studying the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Is SAASTA just a sports program?

No, while sport and recreation is a major focus of our academies we do not only cater for the sporting elite. SAASTA is open to any student who is committed and passionate about pursuing success in education, employment and healthy living.

How does SAASTA work?

SAASTA works together with its partner schools to establish SAASTA Academies. Academies recruit interested students from within their school and neighbouring high schools using the SAASTA Student KPI's. Academy students are then enrolled in SAASTA subjects that are being offered through their academy. All academies offer a minimum of two SAASTA subjects with academy students completing their additional subjects in mainstream schooling.

What year level do I have to be in to become a SAASTA student?

SAASTA is open to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled in South Australian state schools and studying in years 10, 11 and 12. Each year SAASTA holds a student recruitment drive targeted at year 9 students for the following year. All current year 12 SAASTA students are provided with an automatic place in SAASTA if they are continuing their studies.

How can I get involved if my school doesn't have a SAASTA academy?

Unfortunately SAASTA isn't in every school yet but we are working hard on developing different program models to help students like you. In the meantime if you meet our Student KPI's and there is an academy located near you then there's a good chance you can become an academy student. Contact your nearest academy to find out more. (Check the academy locations on page 10 for more details)

Do I have to be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student to join SAASTA?

You sure do; helping Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students to complete their SACE is what SAASTA is all about but we do like to help as many young people as we can so there are a limited number of places for non-Indigenous students to study our curriculum; fees do apply. Contact the SAASTA State Office Team to find out more.

How much do I have to pay to be a part of SAASTA?

That's the best thing; SAASTA is totally free! The only cost to you is your time and effort in staying committed to finishing your SACE.

SAASTA also provides its partner schools with funding for academy staffing and academy related resources.

How do schools establish SAASTA academies?

If your school is interested in establishing a SAASTA academy we'd love to hear from you. Simply get your principal or a senior member of staff to contact the SAASTA State Office team for more information or to arrange a presentation at your school.

How can my business/organisation get involved?

There are a number of ways that you or your organisation can get involved in supporting SAASTA such as becoming a program partner, event partner, preferred supplier or donating your skills, products or services.

My organisation often has job opportunities, news and events that are directed at Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students; how can we share this information?

Our academies are often inundated with information but we always like to hear about relevant opportunities for our students. If you'd like to share your information with our students simply contact the SAASTA State Office Team or send your information to saasta@sa.gov.au.