Release type: Media Release


Putting Students First: Fast-tracking $6.8 million to help Indigenous school students


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House

The Abbott Government will provide $6.8 million in the 2014-15 Budget to assist non-government schools who have large numbers of Indigenous boarders from remote areas.

The Budget is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

Some schools with large numbers of Indigenous boarders have indicated that current levels of funding are inadequate to meet the costs of providing boarding and tuition to cater for the additional needs of these students.

The Abbott Government has listened and has also considered the findings of an independent review that identified that there are significant additional costs.

Interim funding for one year will be allocated in this Budget to support schools that qualify while a broader welfare review is conducted.

Schools that currently have more than 50 Indigenous boarding students or over 50 per cent of the boarding students who are Indigenous and from remote or very remote areas will be eligible to apply for this additional assistance.

The funding will allow them to deliver improved services to students and provide effective additional support to boost school attendance and engagement.

Education opens up opportunities for improvement in a wide range of areas and this support will help ensure that Indigenous young people from remote and very remote areas don’t miss out.

The initiative is just one part of the Abbott Government’s commitment to improving Indigenous education outcomes.

The Abbott Government is also supporting Indigenous education priorities through record levels of Commonwealth funding in schools and delivering on the Government’s Students First policy which includes:

  • improving teacher quality;
  • increasing school autonomy;
  • engaging parents in education; and
  • strengthening the curriculum.

The Government is making decisions that repair the Budget, strengthen the economy and prepare Australia for the long-term challenges before us.