PALS is an initiative of the Department which encourages Western Australian schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation in their local community. PALS commenced in 2004 and is based on the core attributes of:

Partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people;
Acceptance of difference as unique and to be respected;
Learning more about ourselves and each other, and,
Sharing a common journey along the path of healing and reconciliation towards a more harmonious and optimistic future.

In 2017, over half of the schools in WA are coordinating PALS projects that aim to increase student's understanding of our unique Aboriginal culture in fun, creative and engaging ways.

PALS complements the teaching syllabus and can assist schools in implementing the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework. PALS was developed in collaboration with the Department of EducationCatholic Education Office and the Association of Independent Schools WA.

PALS participants contribute to building a better society – a community that is ultimately free of racism and prejudice and instead filled with harmony, hope, understanding and acceptance.

Timeline of PALS program:

Term 1 PALS applications open in February and close in March
Term 2

PALS funding is provided to successful applicants at the commencement of Term 2.
Schools work on their PALS projects.

Term 3 PALS projects are acquitted by September.  
Acquitted projects are eligible for the PALS Awards.
 Term 4

PALS Awards are presented to successful schools.