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Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme

Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ATAS) 2014

ATAS provides supplementary tutorial assistance to Aboriginal students to improve their literacy and numeracy skills in Western Australian public schools.

Funding will be provided to support schools in meeting the targets for literacy and numeracy as outlined in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010-2014 and the Aboriginal Education Plan for WA Public Schools 2011-2014. Principals will be notified of their allocation via mail.

The four ATAS elements are:

  1. Primary ATAS
  2. Lower Secondary ATAS
  3. Upper Secondary ATAS
  4. ATAS Specialised Program - Secondary students involved in Follow the Dream: Partnerships for Success (FTD:PFS) will be eligible for tuition. The FTD:PFS coordinators administer the tuition program. Students accessing tuition through FTD:PFS are not eligible for funding from any other program listed above.


  • Halve the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in reading, writing and numeracy by 2018.
  • Halve the gap in Year 12 attainment between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students by 2020.

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2014 ATAS allocations have been calculated and eligible schools will receive a letter informing them of their funding amounts.

As was the case last year, it is a local school decision as to the type of ATAS program the school decides to run in 2014.

Please note the following reporting requirements:

  • ATAS Primary, Lower Secondary & Upper Secondary Plans are due 28 February 2014.
  • ATAS Primary, Lower Secondary & Upper Secondary Acquittals are due 14 November 2014.

Forms are able to be downloaded from this website.

Should you have any queries with regard to the ATAS program please contact Aboriginal Education on (08) 9264 4660.

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Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ATAS) Funding 2014

The $12.5 million Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ATAS) budget has been approved.

The ATAS program will operate under the same funding methodology as 2013. As a result of larger student numbers in both primary and secondary schools the funding per capita has been adjusted to reflect this. During 2014 eligible schools will be required to submit a plan and report on its implementation at the end of the year.

It is most important that the acquittal of 2013 ATAS funds must be made before any new payment can be processed for 2014.

Two payments will be allocated via the February and July payment gateways.

Primary and Lower Secondary ATAS

To qualify for ATAS five or more Aboriginal students must be below the national minimum standard in one area of the NAPLAN assessment this year and enrolled at your school.

The students must be identified as Aboriginal on their NAPLAN results. The per capita rate will be $3500.

The Aboriginal Education Directorate will have finalised NAPLAN data late in 2013. This will be the data on which the funding calculation will be based.

Upper Secondary ATAS

From the 2013 August schools census the number of Year 10 and Year 11 Aboriginal students will be identified in your school. This figure will be used to calculate your allocation for Aboriginal Year 11 and 12 students in 2014.

A minimum of five students are required to be eligible and their average attendance rate must be above 50 per cent. The per capita rate will be $700.

Page last updated 05 June 2014

Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme

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