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Children and Schooling

A good education is essential for a good future and that starts with making sure children and young people go to school every day.

Getting children to school, improving education outcomes and supporting families to give their children the best start in life will achieve real results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

To make this happen, government and communities need to work together to:

  • Improve school attendance rates, particularly in remote areas
  • Ensure more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are meeting the national minimum standards in literacy and numeracy.
  • Support more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to finish Year 12, or equivalent
  • Support more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to go on to higher education at TAFE or university.

Children who go to school can get a good education and a good job, leading to a better future for themselves, their family and community.

A good education also helps keep culture strong and enable future generations to share stories about their community, culture and kinship.

Recent stories

A man and two women standing in a row, the woman in the centre is holding a certificate.
12 Jan 2017

Taryn Oxenburgh has taken some risks and is now reaping the rewards of a successful legal career. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from James Cook University then completed an Indigenous entry program to the Public Service, and was recently admitted to the Supreme Court of the ACT.

Young Indigenous woman standing in front of sign and to the side of a display table for Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways. She is dressed in black pants and a colourful shirt showing Indigenous designs.
22 Nov 2016

Studying and living independently in Adelaide was difficult for Kelli Gunter of Ceduna but now her future is looking bright and her goals clear after receiving support through the Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways project.

Indigenous woman holding young Indigenous girl with colourful painted face and group of people in the background
25 Oct 2016

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day gives all Australians a chance to celebrate the important part children play in the make-up of this country now, and in our future, as well as those who support and nurture them.

Contacts

Many different organisations and government agencies are working with communities to achieve real results in children and schooling. Visit the websites below to find out more: