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Indigenous Education Package

The Turnbull Government will invest an additional $138 million to increase opportunities and improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The 1967 Referendum 50th Anniversary Indigenous Education Package will support First Australians through their education and into employment.

The announcement today honours the spirit and determination of those who campaigned for the successful 1967 referendum, and will further enable the social and economic inclusion for which they fought.

Member for Durack Melissa Price said funding was included for the Clontarf Foundation, with an extra $40 million being contributed by the Federal Government to the hugely successful program.

“I am pleased to see the Clontarf model expanded, as it has had a profound effect on a number of communities in my electorate” Ms Price said. 

“I have 8 Clontarf academies in my electorate operating out of 10 schools, and as a program it is making huge strides in engaging Indigenous students and keeping them at school”.

“This funding commitment ensures the continuity of the program, and allows Clontarf to expand into new areas.”

A key component of the Education Package is a $25 million fund to leverage partnerships between governments, businesses, industry and philanthropic organisations to offer scholarships to First Australians to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The fund includes $15 million to support the development of a STEM academy for girls to inspire a future generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women into STEM jobs. 

“I am also pleased to see an increase of $4 million for the Girls Academy, founded by Olympic Basketballer Ricky Grace, with sites already in Broome, Derby, Fitzroy, Kununurra and Roebourne” Ms Price said.

A summary of the education package is available here: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/ia/nrw-education-package.pdf

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