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Boarding boost for Indigenous students

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard has today announced that $2 million of funding will be delivered to improve facilities at a boarding school in North Queensland.

Mt St Bernard College will receive urgent funding assistance to replace and refurbish outdated boarding accommodation facilities under the Indigenous Boarding Infrastructure program. The college is a co-educational Catholic secondary school that provides boarding accommodation for girls, and is made up of mostly Indigenous students from remote communities.

This program provides urgent capital funding for the replacement, repair and expansion of facilities at non-government schools with strong track records of providing secondary schooling to Indigenous students in boarding school environments.

The $2 million of funding has been approved under the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000 for urgent provision of boarding infrastructure.

This is in addition to $3 million of Australian Government funding allocated through the Queensland Catholic Block Grant Authority.

The combined $5 million will provide Mt St Bernard College with a new 40-bed dormitory and a refurbished 32-bed dormitory.

A quality education is a critical foundation for enabling all Australians to participate fully in economic and social opportunities in life.

The Rudd Government’s Education Revolution has a strong focus on closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

The Rudd Government has also promised to contribute more than $25 million to build three new boarding colleges for Indigenous secondary students in the Northern Territory.

Also through the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000, the Rudd Government is delivering $7.162 million in additional funding for the recruitment of 50 additional teachers in the 2008 school year.