In partnership with other Australian Government departments and state and territory governments, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations is committed to reducing disadvantage in education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students by putting in place policies and delivering programs that work towards:
- halving the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements within a decade
- halving the gap in year 12 attainment or equivalent attainment rates by 2020.
All governments in Australia are focused on three main priorities to deliver better schooling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including:
- raising the quality of teaching in schools
- ensuring all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are benefiting from the schooling they receive, especially in disadvantaged communities
- improving the transparency and accountability of schools and school systems at all levels.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schooling programs and initiatives include:
- Indigenous Education Ambassadors Program
- Australian Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship Program
- Closing the Gap – expansion of intensive literacy and numeracy programs
- First Peoples Education Advisory Group
- Focus School Next Steps Initiative
- Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarships
- Indigenous Youth Leadership Program
- Indigenous Youth Mobility Program
- Personalised Learning Plans
- Parental and Community Engagement Program (PaCE)
- School Nutrition Program
- Sporting Chance Program
- The What Works Project.