NWAICA Projects

NWAICA delivers a range of one off projects throughout the year, dependent upon funding. Projects that NWAICA has run previously includes;

The Low Carbon Diet Project, which focused on strategies for indigenous peoples to participate in lowering their carbon footprint.

The Sport and Rec Project, which saw the development of a local touch football team.

The Traditional Indigenous Games Project, that taught Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander games and activities to school aged children and community.

‘Big Day out’, a community cultural development activity that celebrated the Northwest indigenous community.

NWAICA also offers many opportunities for students to further their education and gain different life skills through partnerships with multiple organisations.

See: https://www.nwaica.org.au/?p=1288 for more details.

ACPA: Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017


ACPA is a registered training organisation dedicated to the development of Indigenous performing artists. Here you will develop the skills, expertise and practical experience necessary to succeed in the Australian performing arts industry.

Certificate II in Performing Arts

ACPA has developed a unique, pre-enrolment training pathway for the delivery of a nationally recognised performing arts Qualification (Certificate II in Performing Arts), through Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools, or by community arts training organisations that are, or work in partnership with, VET Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

The Certificate II in Performing Arts is designed to be delivered in urban, regional and rural areas to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander high school students as a preparatory program for applying for enrolment at ACPA.

The Certificate II is currently being delivered by two Far North Queensland secondary schools and is available for licence to any ACPA approved school or community arts RTO.

Expressions of interest in delivering the Certificate II in Performing Arts should be directed to the ACPA Artistic and Training Director.

Inquire: http://acpa.net.au/courses/enrol

Community Assistance

Friday, March 17th, 2017

NWAICA provides social support and assistance to community members to promote and advocate their issues with mainstream services for health, wellbeing, housing and accommodation, income support, employment, aged care, cultural development and community renewal.

Education & Partnerships

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

NWAICA is currently in partnership with Merriman Shearing School and Higher Visibility. Both of these organisations offer amazing opportunities from students to gain qualifications and life skills.





NWAICA has previously sent ten students to live at Merrian Station where they can earn a wage while they learn vital skills to obtain a job in the wool industry.

Students have gained many qualities and skills on their journey at Merriman Station including:

  • shearing,
  • mustering,
  • hospitality,
  • cooking,
  • wool handling,
  • workplace safety,
  • animal husbandry and fencing.

We currently have four students attending this program.

Current Students Attending

Current Students Attending

Commencing on the 16/3/15  students are undertaking a three week pre-vocational course followed by  a 13 week intensive Shearing School, graduating with a Certificate in Horticulture and leading into a Certificate I in Rural Operations.

Merriman Shearing School from Susan Rooney-Harding.




Student 1)

Why are you attending Merriman Shearing School?

 I want to get an interesting full-time job that can allow me to travel around seeing different parts of Australia. I like being out in the country because it makes me feel like i’m connecting with my culture.

What do you want to learn?

 I want to learn new life skills that can help me get earn money and stop offending as well as help me be able to connect  back to the land and my culture.

Student 2)

Why are you attending Merriman Shearing School?

 I want to be able to get a full time job, own a house and support myself. I’m open to learning new skills and I believe that this experience can open my eyes to an industry that I can hopefully excel in.

What do you want to learn?

 I want to learn skills that will help me become a good shearer and motivate me to stop offending and start earning money to help me make a living. I also want to gain new friendships.

Student 3)

Why are you attending Merriman Shearing School?

By going to Merriman Shearing School I think I will be able to learn new life skills that can help me earn money and get a full time job.  I also believe it can help me improve my mental health by working hard at trying to achieve whats required.

What do you want to learn?

I want to learn self-respect, skills that can help me in everyday life to support myself and more about my culture.

Student 4)

Why are you attending Merriman Shearing School?

I think by getting away from the city and going to Merriman Shearing School will help push me to try new things and motivate to continue to not offend. I want to gain friendships and life experiences away from the city as well as  get in touch with my cultural background.

What do you want to learn?

I want to learn new skills and discover my strengths and weakness.





























Higher Visibility



NWAICA currently has two students enrolled in a  Certificate I in Construction through Higher Visibility and Australian Skills Group. Students in this course are gaining  introductory knowledge to the construction industry, its culture, occupations, job roles and work place expectations as well as;

Communication skills
Teamwork experience
Problem solving skills
Initiative and enterprising competency
Planning and organizing skills
And Self management.

With the opportunity to obtain an apprenticeship or further their degree at the completion of this course, our students are very excited.

Community Capacity

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

NWAICA provides strategic and corporate opportunities to promote and develop the needs of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and to build partnerships and relationships with services, organisations and agencies.