Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Body Position Paper: Boarding Schools

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The QIECB, through this 2009 position paper, make recommendations in the areas of policy, culture and finance around boarding schools and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. These include investigating the range of post-primary schooling options that might be considered viable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in remote Queensland communities.

Education in remote and complex environments

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This inquiry examined how education meets the learning needs of students in regional, rural and remote communities and how barriers in education can be overcome. 14 recommendations were made around improving access to quality education including subsidised early education and care for Indigenous children, and supported early learning programs.

Closing the Gap – Donnella Mills video presentation

Donnella Mills, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation was a Keynote speaker at the National Indigenous Education & Boarding Symposium in 2021.
Donella’s video presentation is on Closing the Gap, formation of the Coalition of Peaks, the voices of Indigenous people, and improving outcomes for Indigenous students.

Barriers and Bureaucracy, Bridges and Brokers


Barriers and Bureaucracy, Bridges and Brokers – How Independent boarding schools negotiate the thicket of ABSTUDY to deliver education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students from remote communities.

Power of education: From surviving to thriving

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Report considers the barriers and circumstances that hinder Indigenous students’ education outcomes. Recommendations include Indigenous Boarding, ie establishing a National Indigenous Boarding Strategy requiring boarding facilities to meet agreed standards for the health, wellbeing and cultural safety of Indigenous students and funding boarding facilities to meet these standards.

Boarding: investing in outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

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An independent analysis of the existing investment in support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students attending boarding, requested by the Australian Government as a follow up to the Study Away Review report (2017). Includes financial cost of boarding, and recommendations to improve outcomes for Indigenous students and families.

The National Agreement on Closing the Gap


Developed in partnership between Australian Governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak organisations, includes several targets around education and further education, including early childhood education.