Schools across Australia have returned for another year with around 14,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students supported to attend school through the Coalition Government’s successful Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS), including across 10 locations in the Durack electorate.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said RSAS has achieved a lot in the last five years since it was established by the Coalition Government in 2014, getting more children to attend school, creating almost 500 remote jobs and bringing a new focus to school attendance. “The Coalition Government made school attendance a key priority when it was elected in 2013 and RSAS has increased attendance rates in 84 communities in remote parts of the country,” Minister Scullion said.
“Over the next three years, we will work with communities to support more Indigenous children to attend school including through a stronger focus on case management with families and communities and an increase in local decision making.”
Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said the RSAS is making a real difference in Durack, where local teams support communities at Carnarvon, Newman, Meekatharra, Roebourne, Wiluna, Balgo, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kalumburu, to find what works best for them to improve attendance and education outcomes.
“Every community in Australia is different. Each has different cultures, strengths, aspirations and needs, as well as different services and infrastructure,” Minister Price said.
“Through the RSAS, we employ local people as school attendance officers and supervisors to help families take a lead role in their children’s education and deliver local solutions to support students to attend or return to school.
“I am pleased to share that the Coalition Government will invest more than $11.3 million in Durack, extending RSAS through to December, 2021,” she said.
The investment in Durack is part of the Government’s $78.4 million commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families living in 84 remote communities across Australia.
The Strategy does not replace state and territory government responsibility for education attendance and performance and will continue to work with schools, communities, families and students, to further improve school attendance and ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have access to a quality education.