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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

Seven young Indigenous males and one older male, dressed in shorts, shirts and hats. They are standing on a boat ramp with water lapping at their feet. In the background is a dock with boats tied up.
23 Mar 2017

Facilitated by the Goondir Big Buddy program, seven Indigenous young men recently set sail on the STS Young Endeavour where they climbed the 30 metre mast, took the helm and in the process, gained life skills which have set them on the path to a brighter future.

An Indigenous man and non-Indigenous man sit at a table with Indigenous children while other adults and an Indigenous boy stand in the background.
21 Mar 2017

NRL Cowboys House has opened in Townsville. It will increase opportunities for  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from remote communities to fulfil their potential, providing them with a chance to study, undertake training and find a job.

Eight young Indigenous women standing on a carpeted floor in front of a poster wall with multiple displays of the word ‘Aladdin’.
7 Mar 2017

Eight young Aboriginal singing netballers from Halls Creek in WA braved the big stage and the big city for the trip of a lifetime and learned a lesson they want to pass onto their peers – ‘have a go’.

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: