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.
We recognise that using these resources begins an ongoing process of embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing – so that you and your colleagues get to a point where these perspectives are always embraced and embedded.

These Always Be You resources are for everyone in every learning community in Australia. They were developed in a respectful space where culture is acknowledged, considered and celebrated.


Whether you're an individual Be You user, or part of a Be You Learning Community, we encourage you to make these resources ‘ya own’

A great place to build from the key learnings within the Always Be You resources is at the Narragunnawali (reconciliation in schools and early learning services) website at Reconciliation Australia to ensure your work is strongly connected to and reflective of your local community.

Be You includes applying a mental health and wellbeing lens to work you already do in a range of areas.

The eight Ways concept has strongly influenced the evolution of these resources. We encourage you to work on your own opportunities to always embrace and embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing.

If you're a participating Be You Learning Community and need further information about embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing, have a yarn with your Be You Consultant.

Download the Always Be You E-Book here.


Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that documents and recordings on this site may contain images, voice recordings or names of people who have since passed away.

  • 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.

    Learning Map

    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
    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
    • Early intervention (PDF, Word)
    • Support is culturally sensitive (PDF, Word)
    • There is no shame in seeking help (PDF, Word)
    • We are all part of a mental health support team (PDF, Word
  • Preventing and responding to suicide

    Fact Sheets on suicide prevention and response for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are available via the Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Response sections of Be You.

  • Developing Always Be You

    Beyond Blue and Early Childhood Australia acknowledge the role that SNAICC played as the partners in the original development of these resources.

    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.

  • References

    Australian Institute for Teaching and Leanring (AITSL) (2018). Eight Ways of Learning. Melbourne: AITSL. Retrieved from
    https://www.aitsl.edu.au/tools-resources/resource/eight-ways-of-learning-illustration-of-practice.

    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 Health7(3), 130.

    Reconciliation Australia (2018). What is a RAP? Canberra: Reconciliation Australia. Retrieved from
    https://www.reconciliation.org.au/reconciliation-action-plans/.

    SNAICC (2011). Growing up our way: Practices matrix. Melbourne: SNAICC. Retrieved from
    https://www.snaicc.org.au/growing-up-our-way-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-child-rearing-practices-matrix-2011-snaicc/.

    SNAICC (2012). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Cultural Needs. Melbourne: SNAICC. Retrieved from
    https://www.snaicc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/02932.pdf.

    Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) (2008). Aboriginal Cultural Competence Framework. Melbourne: Victorian Government Department of Human Services. Retrieved from
    https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
    /sites/default/files/VAC.0001.002.0001.pdf.