Indigenous Education Package
June 16, 2017
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
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
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