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Comments sought on Indigenous Education Action Plan

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today welcomed the commencement of public consultation on the Indigenous Education Action Plan (IEAP).

The Indigenous Education Action Plan will guide the national effort towards Closing the Gap in early childhood and school education outcomes for Indigenous Australians ensuring greater employment opportunities in the long term.

The draft IEAP presents an evidenced based approach to Closing the Gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

The Action Plan has been informed by a review of the past four years of activity in Indigenous education under Australian Directions in Indigenous Education.

The Action Plan aims to bring together the activities at the national, state and local levels across six areas which evidence shows will have the most impact on Closing the Gap:

  • readiness for school;
  • community engagement and connections;
  • attendance;
  • literacy and numeracy;
  • leadership, quality teaching and workforce development; and
  • pathways to real post-school options.

Under the Indigenous Education Action Plan, States and Territories will be required to develop school level strategies to address underperformance identified by the new transparency measures.

In addition, States and Territories will be asked to direct National Partnership resources for universal preschool to helping the young children who will go to those schools to be ready to learn.

Education bodies and Indigenous education experts have already put substantial work into developing the current draft Action Plan.

Public consultations are being undertaken to ensure that the final document reflects the experience and expertise of Indigenous Australians, educators and others.

Public consultations will continue through to 28 February 2010.

Following the public consultation process, a revised draft Action Plan will be submitted to the Council of Australian Governments early in 2010.

The draft IEAP and details on how to submit comments can be obtained from the MCEECDYA website at http://www.mceecdya.edu.auor by telephoning MCEECDYA on (03) 9639 0588.

The Deputy Prime Minister announced the development of the IEAP in a speech to theIndigenous Leadership in Education Institute: Stronger Smarter Summit in Brisbane: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Ministers/Gillard/Media/Speeches/Pages/Article_090928_130255.aspx