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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

Large group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and women dressed in casual clothing in a room with beige carpet. In the background is a pale yellow wall and two whiteboards. In the foreground is a white table and blue chairs.
15 Mar 2018

The Aurukun Koolkan Community School Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) team formed a plan and through working with school staff, parents and other stakeholders, are increasing school attendance.

Young Aboriginal children sit in and stand next to a series of barrels mounted on wheels.
13 Feb 2018

The tiny remote community of Punmu in Western Australia has increased school attendance by taking students to and from school in a train; a barrel train.

Three men and one woman wearing red and blue short sleeve shirts standing outside with mountain ranges in background.
5 Feb 2018

South Australian students learn from veterans and each other about their culture and pathways to reconciliation as they trek the Kokoda Trail.


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: