- The Commonwealth Government is providing $15.4 million for a flexible funding pool which will support action for improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in 6 priority domains:
- readiness for school
- engagement and connections
- attendance at school
- literacy and numeracy
- leadership, quality teaching and workforce development
- pathways to real post-school options.
- The flexible funding pool will fund a range of national projects addressing priority activities under the Action Plan. These national projects will complement initiatives by State and Territory governments and non government education providers.
- The activities funded may include helping schools and families from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to work together, improving the way schools support student attendance, enhancing access to family literacy and numeracy programs, offering better training to educators and facilitating the sharing of what works across schools and systems.
- All Australian Governments have committed to ambitious targets to improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, increase the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children receiving early childhood education and improve Year 12 or equivalent attainment.
- The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010-14 outlines how Ministers for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs will work together to achieve the Closing the Gap targets. Non government education providers have agreed to join with governments to support the Action Plan.
- Funding will be administered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Total Government Funding
- The Commonwealth Government is investing $15.4 million over four years from 2010‑11 to 2013-14 to support activities under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan.