Department of Education

Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal Education

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Aboriginal EducationTeaching and Learning ‹ Attendance and Retention


The Department supports a number of initiatives aimed at improving the attendance of Aboriginal students at school.

Programs to support Aboriginal student attendance and engagement include:

  • Aboriginal School Based Training program
  • Clontarf Foundation’s Aboriginal Academy
  • Follow the Dream: Partnerships for Success
  • School and Community Partnerships
  • School Based Attendance Officers
  • Tri-Border Attendance Strategy

Schools also implement local-level programs and strategies to support student attendance.


  • ‘Factors impacting on attendance’
  • ‘School attendance and Aboriginal students: Summary’
  • ‘What can help improve attendance?’


Armstrong, S. and Buckley, S. (2011). An investigation into the attendance and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: Research and theory about what works. (ACER)

Bourke, C. J, Rigby, K., & Burden, J. (2000). Better practice in school attendance: Improving the school attendance of Indigenous students. Melbourne: Report prepared for the Commonwealth Department of Education Training and Youth Affairs by Monash University.

WA Department of Education and Training. (2004). Rethinking Provision of Education and Training in Remote Communities Project Report.

Purdie, N. and Buckley, S. (September 2010). School attendance and retention of Indigenous Australian students. Issues Paper No 1 produced for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse.

Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment. A guarantee of success: Cairns West State School.

What Works: The Work Program. Student engagement: Attendance, participation and belonging.


Page last updated 12 January 2015

Attendance and Retention