Message to RSAS staff from the Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion to RSAS staff members
I am pleased to welcome you to the Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) Training Project website.
Getting children to school is critical to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and supporting future generations of confident and skilled leaders and strong communities. As RSAS team members you play a crucial role in ensuring children are supported to get to school and have the best opportunity to pursue their dreams.
The Australian Government’s Remote School Attendance Strategy is now in its fourth year of supporting more children to attend school each and every day. The RSAS has encouraged a range of local, place-based approaches to school attendance across Australia. As a result, many strong partnerships have emerged between local school attendance teams and schools, families, providers and the broader community.
I am pleased to welcome Aurukun State School and its community to the RSAS network this year, joining the 77 other RSAS schools across Australia in working towards achieving positive long-term change in student attendance.
Since the roll out of RSAS in 2014, the staff training project delivered by NESA has provided each of you as new or ongoing staff with skills training to carry out the many challenging aspects of your roles as School Attendance Officers, School Attendance Supervisors and other specialist positions.
From 2017, the RSAS Training Strategy project has a number of exciting new components to further equip you with skills and knowledge that will be useful in fulfilling your complex roles.
Leadership training workshops will build skills and capacity for senior RSAS staff. The workshops will introduce staff to leadership tools and provide opportunities to network with other senior staff members. Train the Trainer workshops are another exciting new element commencing later in the year. The workshops and follow-up mentoring support will be available to staff members interested in developing their presentation skills. This investment will also enable providers to have core RSAS training units delivered by their own staff ‘in-house’ in the future.
Local workshops will again be delivered for every team, tailored to each team’s training needs. Accredited training opportunities, webinars and online training will provide additional learning and development opportunities for staff who are interested.
I urge you to take up the training opportunities on offer and thank you for your dedication to a most important cause – improving school attendance – which will ensure our children and communities can reach their full potential.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs