ABORIGINAL INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Media Statement

The Morrison Government is committed to the continued employment of Indigenous staff at Aboriginal Independent Community Schools. We recognise the value and importance of these positions in providing a quality education for Indigenous students in these communities, including local language learning.

Some reports have falsely claimed that funding to the schools has been cut – resulting in the loss of 100 jobs. The Government is not cutting funding. The schools will be offered a further year of funding under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) during 2020 to support them while they transition from a legacy supplementary funding arrangement to recurrent schools funding.

The changes affect 49 positions across six schools.

Given the importance of these jobs as core in-school positions, the Government would prefer to see them funded through recurrent arrangements. This will provide more security to the schools and employees as well as reduce their reporting burden.

Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP said, “We are keen to work with the state government to ensure transitional arrangements are resolved.”

“As the first Aboriginal person to hold the position of Minister for Indigenous Australians, one of my highest priorities is to see more children receiving quality education – with literacy and numeracy skills being a vital component.”