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Children and Schooling

A healthy and safe start to life gives our children the greatest chance of succeeding at school, realising their potential, and making the most of their opportunities throughout their life.

Investing in children’s early years builds on the strengths of culture and care, and sets the course for a future of prosperity and opportunity. It supports strong foundations and underpins better education, employment, health and social outcomes for them, their families and communities.

Ensuring children are ready and able to participate in school every day is essential. By getting children to school, improving education outcomes and supporting families through their child’s education – from early years learning through to tertiary education – will achieve real results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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

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

  • connect children with early learning opportunities and support
  • focus on parents, families and carer support
  • 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.

For advice or financial support regarding education, please note that the Department of Human Services has a study assistance program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Also, for further advice about funding a child's education, contact our department’s regional office nearest to you.

Recent stories

Remote attendance officer Rhonda Collins
16 Aug 2018

School attendance worker, Rhonda Collins is passionate about getting kids to school in the community of Kalumburu in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

Several Aboriginal children play on a concrete slab under sun shade amongst various water features. On the left is a small train with carriages made from barrels and on the right is a building. In the distance is open ground, more structures and bushland
27 Jul 2018

After much ingenuity and work, the remote community of Punmu, WA have turned a bare concrete slab into a water playground, just the thing to beat the heat in the Western Desert.

Aboriginal woman with a group of 12 year 5 and 6 Aboriginal girls. They are wearing colourful dresses, and a standing on a balcony with a beach behind them.
23 Jul 2018

Year 5 and 6 girls in Woorabinda are building aspiration, setting goals, learning life skills and getting ready for the future as part of the Strengthening Our Girls Program.

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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: