Department of Education

Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal Education

Policy Directions


Policy Directions

The Department's work in Aboriginal education is shaped by key national and State policies, reports and recommendations which provide directions for the Office of Aboriginal Education.

The Department is committed to meeting the goals outlined in:

  • High Performance - High Care: Startegic Plan for WA Public Schools 2016-2019;
  • Focus 2016: Directions for Schools;
  • Directions for Aboriginal Education 2016
  • the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy; and
  • the National Indigenous Reform Agreement - COAG Closing the Gap.
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Directions for Aboriginal Education 2016

The Director General has issued a statement, Directions for Aboriginal Education 2016.

It outlines our commitments to Aboriginal education in 2016.  Principals are asked to consider the statement to inform the work of their schools to improve education outcomes for Aboriginal students.

The four key areas highlighted in the statement for 2016 are:

  • Children are ready for school
  • Students attend school regularly
  • Students improve literacy and numeracy skills
  • Students have pathways to real options after school

 The statement introduces the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework as a structure for maximising the learning outcomes for Aboriginal students.

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy was endorsed by the Education Council in September 2015.

The Strategy sets the principles and priorities that act as a framework to guide jurisdictions in developing and implementing localised policies and actions to improve education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in all schools.

The Strategy outlines seven priority areas.

  • Leadership, quality teaching, workforce development
  • Culture and identity
  • Partnerships
  • Attendance
  • Transition points including pathways to post-school options
  • School and child readiness
  • Literacy and numeracy

The Strategy also identifies national collaborative actions to help engage students, raise standards and ensure meaningful pathways beyond school.

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National Indigenous Reform Agreement - COAG Closing the Gap

The National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA) was agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in November 2008. The NIRA captures the objectives, outcomes, outputs, performance measures and benchmarks that all governments have committed to achieving through the various national agreements and national partnership agreements to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.

COAG has set ambitious but clear targets to close the gap.  The targets relating to Aboriginal education are to:

  • ensure access for all Indigenous four year olds to early childhood education by 2025;
  • halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for Indigenous students by 2018;
  • halve the gap for Indigenous Australians aged 20-24 in Year 12 attainment or equivalent attainment rates by 2020; and
  • close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous school attendance within five years by 2018.
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Other key strategic planning documents include:

Policy Directions
http://www.det.wa.edu.au/aboriginaleducation/detcms/navigation/policies-and-research/policy-directions/

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