Aboriginal Education and Employment Hostels were operated by the Western Australian Department of Native Welfare from 1950 to 1972, and then came under the administration of the Department for Community Welfare and its successors. They were set up to provide accommodation for young Indigenous people who needed to come to the metropolitan area, or large regional towns, for study or work. Almost all these hostels were run by independent agencies under agreements with state government departments. From 1968 they focused on young people who received Aboriginal Secondary Education Grants or Aboriginal Study Grants or who were employed under the Training Scheme for Aborigines. By 1995, the Aboriginal Education and Employment Hostel program had become a metropolitan student hostel program for Indigenous students attending Years 11 or 12, TAFE, University or colleges such as Clontarf in Perth.
Sources used to compile this entry: Department for Community Development, From Crisis to Prevention: The Community Services Industry Study, Government of Western Australia, Perth, 1994; Department for Community Services, Western Australia, Submission of the Department for Community Services to the Residential Planning Review Taskforce, 31 March 1987; Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, https://signposts.communities.wa.gov.au//pdf/pdf.aspx; Western Australia. Department for Community Services, Annual Report: Department for Community Services, Western Australia, Government of Western Australia, [Perth], 1985-1992; Western Australia. Department for Community Welfare, Annual Report: Department for Community Welfare, Dept. For Community Welfare, [Perth], 1973-1984, http://catalogue.slwa.wa.gov.au/record=b1410539~S7; Wilson, Katrin and Michael V. Robinson., Aboriginal Hostels in Perth : A Comparative Survey, Department of Native Welfare, [Perth, W.A.], 1971; State Records Office of Western Australia, Wards - Director's Approval to Transfer from one Institution to Another and Amend Training, Reference Code AU WA S1099- cons2607 A0191 V4 (p.266) - page numbers refer to PDF page number in digital file held by the Department of Communities (Child Protection and Family Support) in 2017.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 24 May 2012, Last modified: 7 February 2019