Course Description

The interactive workshop is designed to assist educators in developing a greater understanding of cross-cultural competencies in and outside of the classroom.

Using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) framework, the workshop also aims to improve practical applications when working with Pacific Islander and Māori learners.

Engaging Pacific Islander and Maori Students


All KLA teachers, specifically secondary and middle school executives, teachers, teacher aides, community engagement officers.

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Understand how students learn

1.3.2 Proficient Level - Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.5.2 Proficient Level - Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

$399 + GST - Individual Enrolment

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This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.



  1. Introduction

  2. Pasifika Cultural Knowledge, Expectations and Perceptions

  3. Current Issues and Case Studies

  4. Practical Strategies (Australian-Pasifika Education Guidelines)

  5. Summary: Pasifika Council Meeting

What to Bring

  • Notebook and pen

Venue Information:


Liverpool Catholic Club
424-458 Hoxton Park Road
Liverpool West
NSW 2170

Cnr Joadja and Hoxton Park Rd


20 mins west from CBD Liverpool. 5 min driving from exit M7. Can also exit M7 at Prestons.


T80 (T-way) Bus Liverpool to Parramatta departs near Liverpool Station every 15 mins, only takes about 6 minutes, get off at Miller TAFE and 5 min walk to club.

Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip.


Parking available at the Club

COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.


David Lakisa

David Lakisa

Dr David Lakisa has worked in the education sector at various secondary, tertiary and private levels for the past 17 years. His PhD focused on Pacific culture and workplace diversity management at the University Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School and has experience as an education manager across Australia and the Pacific. A former PDHPE teacher at St Peter Claver College (QLD), Eagle Vale and Granville Boys High Schools, David has also been a sessional academic at Western Sydney University in the School of Education (2008-2016). In sum, David has been heavily involved in numerous research, education, government and community-based initiatives for Pacific Islanders and Maori in Australia and across the Pacific region for the past two decades.