AIME’s goal is to work with 10,000 Indigenous kids per year by 2018 and see them finish school at the same rate as every Australian child.

The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) believes in an Australia where Indigenous children finish high school at the same rate as all Australian students.

AIME is an educational program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to make this happen. By matching Indigenous high school students with university student mentors, AIME successfully supports the students to finish high school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment.

‘An independent economic evaluation conducted by KPMG found AIME contributed $38 million to the Australian economy in 2012. For each $1 spent on the AIME program, $7 in benefits were generated.’

Partnership objectives

AIME is leading the way in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous education outcomes, a key factor in breaking the cycle of entrenched disadvantage for First Australians. SVA partners with AIME to create a generation of Indigenous young people ready to transition into university, further education or employment.


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‘Without SVA being hands on in the trenches with us – helping to build our credibility externally, whilst shaping our operations internally – we simply would never have got to where we are. Thanks for daring to walk with us when so few would.’

Jack Manning Bancroft – CEO, AIME

Way Forward

By continuing to expand into more areas, AIME can deliver its programs and work with more Indigenous young people. Given the stage of AIME’s maturity and established status of the organisation within the SVA portfolio, SVA’s support is less intense than earlier stage ventures. We continue to provide support and network connections as requested from time to time.

Case Study - Minarli Smith, Coombabah State High School, QLD

On May 5th, Griffith University held their first ever AIME Program Day. It was an electric day from start to finish. It was extra special however for Year 12 student Minarli Smith.

Minarli missed a lot of his Year 11 classes, did not pay attention in most of the classes he did attend and didn’t participate in any Year 11 AIME sessions. At risk of being held back or expelled, Minarli’s older brother, Tyrone stepped in and had the brother-to-brother life talk. Tyrone is studying at Griffith University to be doctor and is also an Indigenous AIME mentor.

In January Tyrone and Gumurrii Learning Officer Dale Rowland asked if AIME Program Coordinator Tyler Smith would help tutor young Minarli. He had a deadline to complete all his Year 11 work or risk being held back. Over the next 2 months Minarli completed his previous year’s work in addition to his Year 12 workload.

Minarli successfully finished Year 12 in 2015 and is set to begin TAFE in 2016. He then plans to take on a degree in popular music at Griffith University.