Always Be You Action Charts
The Always Be You Action Charts make messages more accessible and encourage respect and inclusivity.
Many ways of knowing, being and doing
There are two versions of the Action Charts.
The first version are PDF documents that provide you a great information resource to get your community thinking about different subjects to do with learning and mental health.
The second version look similar, but are editable Word documents that you can use to do it your own way.
- Add your own photos to the front, by clicking the ‘add photo’ button.
- Type or write your own thoughts and ideas on the back in local languages.
- Consider how you use different ways and add your own symbols to show this.
Remember, everyone can use them – children, staff, families, communities and visitors.
You can use the Action Charts:
- in planning, acting, reviewing and reflecting
- when focusing on a particular domain in the Professional Learning
- for linking to your setting’s Improvement Plan
- to show who your community is – make them your own.
If you’re focusing on a particular domain, use the following Action Charts for each of the domains.
Mentally Healthy Communities domain
- Good mental health (PDF, Word)
- Learn about this community (PDF, Word)
- Show everyone (PDF, Word)
- Strong connectedness (PDF, Word)
Family Partnerships domain
- A connected place (PDF, Word)
- Family means connections (PDF, Word)
- Relationships with families (PDF, Word)
- Responsibilities come with relationship (PDF, Word)
Learning Resilience domain
- Being culturally safe (PDF, Word)
- Educators, families, children and young people (PDF, Word)
- Give children time to play (PDF, Word)
- Supporting identity growth (PDF, Word)
Early Support domain
Preventing and responding to suicide
Developing Always Be You
The generous input of Aboriginal community mentors, community members and early childhood staff across Australia has also shaped and reshaped this work. In addition, NGROO Education provided input to what community mentoring initiatives can look like.
In the evolution of these resources for Be You, we also thank Carbon Creative for their work in updating the resources for this initiative and Professor Wayne Quilliam for his photography.
Australian Institute for Teaching and Leanring (AITSL) (2018). Eight Ways of Learning. Melbourne: AITSL. Retrieved from
Bamblett, M. (2007). Protecting Culture and Protecting the Future of Our Children. Keynote Speech, SNAICC National Conference, Adelaide.
Bowes, J., Kitson, R., Simpson, T., Reid, J., Smith, M., Downey, B. & Pearce, S. (2011). Child care choices of Indigenous families. Sydney: NSW Department of Human Services.
Farmer, R. & Fasoli, L. (2010). You’re in new Country. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved from http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/277/
Martin, G. (2008). On Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Indigenous Australians. The Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 7(3), 130.
Reconciliation Australia (2018). What is a RAP? Canberra: Reconciliation Australia. Retrieved from
SNAICC (2011). Growing up our way: Practices matrix. Melbourne: SNAICC. Retrieved from
SNAICC (2012). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Cultural Needs. Melbourne: SNAICC. Retrieved from
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) (2008). Aboriginal Cultural Competence Framework. Melbourne: Victorian Government Department of Human Services. Retrieved from
Always Be You
We're committed to bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and ways of doing to the materials, resources and experiences of Be You.