The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced that recipients of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation’s (AIEF) Indigenous Scholarship Programme and the Kajji Foundation Scholarship Program will now be eligible to apply for the ABSTUDY living-away-from-home allowance.
Both the AIEF and the Kajji Foundation are not-for-profit organisations that offer scholarships to Indigenous secondary school students who want to move away from home to finish their education.
Both the AIEF and the Kajji Foundation Scholarship Programs have now been approved by the Education Minister for ABSTUDY purposes.
The living-away-from-home allowance will enable scholarship recipients to make the most of the opportunities available to them.
In 2008 the Prime Minister announced that AIEF will receive $20 million in funding from the Australian Government to support its scholarship program from 2010.
The $20 million investment is being paid to AIEF over the 2009-2011 period and will provide scholarships to Indigenous secondary students for up to six years while they complete their studies.
The AIEF will seek matching contributions from individual, corporate and philanthropic investors to provide at least 40 scholarships to Indigenous students in 2010 and at least 78 scholarships a year from 2011 onwards.
The Kajji Foundation Scholarship Program is currently in partnership with St Kilda City Junior Football Club in Melbourne, helping up to nine students a year from Tennant Creek to relocate to Melbourne to continue their studies and play for the club.
The ABSTUDY living-away-from-home allowance is also supporting access to quality education through Australian Government programs including Indigenous Youth Leadership and Sporting Chance.
The allowance also supports the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship and the Cape York Institute’s and the Northern Territory’s Higher Expectations Programs.
The Rudd Government is committed to ensuring Indigenous students can access quality educational opportunities and close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous educational outcomes. This is a key goal of the Education Revolution.