Our Goal. The Issue. The Achievements.
90% Attendance rate
All governments, through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), have agreed to work together to improve Indigenous school attendance rates across the country, committing to a closing the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous school attendance to reach 90% attendance by 2018.
The Australian Government’s Remote School Attendance Strategy is a flexible, place-based strategy, which employs local people to work with schools, families, parents, and communities to ensure children are supported to attend school every day possible.
Sometimes, statistics can be discouraging. Yet that data is also showing us, that with a good education and regular attendance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are excelling.
• In the last 10 years, Indigenous university enrolments have increased by 90 percent.
• Indigenous university graduates on average have greater success finding full time employment than non-Indigenous graduates
• In 2014-15, approximately 34% of Indigenous children aged 4-14 were bilingual or multilingual. In remote areas, approximately 66% spoke one or more language/s other than English.
• Evidence shows that developing a sense of responsibility, through autonomous play, is seen as priority for many Aboriginal families and communities. The responsibility to care for and protect one another is taught from a very young age. When children have opportunities to explore the world, it help them develop a range of practical skills that make them strong leaders and give many opportunities in later life.
The NESA RSAS Training Strategy Project has been designed to support RSAS school attendance teams in performing their roles through the provision of targeted formal training.
50% Attendance rate
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are estimated to be behind non-Indigenous students by approximately two and half years of schooling in the tested areas of literacy, science and mathematics. Without adequate literacy and numeracy skills, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people will find it difficult to take advantage of opportunities through the mainstream.
20 per cent of the gap in educational attainment is attributed to poor school attendance. In 2016, the overall attendance rate for Indigenous students nationally was 86.1 per cent, compared with 92.5 per cent for non-Indigenous students. In very remote areas only 22 percent of Indigenous students attend more than 90 percent of the time or more.
We also know that fewer Indigenous Australian children attend pre-school and so are less school-ready than other children.
Attendance rates are associated with academic performance and there is a greater need to focus on what goes on outside the school gate in Indigenous communities to ensure children attend school. Education is also a key factor in improving health and wellbeing.
14,500 Supported Daily
The Remote School Attendance Strategy has been introduced to 78 sites across Australia.
Over 500 people have been employed through RSAS, with around 95% Indigenous employment rate, creating new job opportunities throughout remote Australia.
Over 14,500 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students are being supported and this number increases as attendance rates and enrolments increase.