Hon Judi Moylan

Howard Government provides $2.1 billion to accelerate Indigenous Education outcomes

The Howard Government will provide a record $2.1 billion in funding for Indigenous Education to pre-schools, schools, tertiary education providers and Indigenous students (including through ABSTUDY), over the next four years. Member for Pearce Judi Moylan said the 2005-08 funding represented an increase of $351 million or 20.5 % over the current quadrennium. She said important conditions, including attendance, would be attached to the funding. Existing programs have been reformed in order to redirect resources to initiatives that have demonstrably improved outcomes. In addition, there is a greater weighting of resources towards Indigenous students of greatest disadvantage – those in remote areas. Some of the key areas are: • $179 million for Indigenous students to access high quality tutorial assistance; • $102 million for a Whole of School Intervention Strategy to improve learning outcomes for Indigenous students; • $14 million to improve Indigenous student literacy levels; • $641.6 million to be provided for the Education Strategic Initiatives Programme (a 16% increase from current quadrennium); • ABTUDY - $905.3 million (an increase of 29.6% from the current quadrennium); • $74.5 million for the National Indigenous English Literacy and Numeracy Strategy (NIELNS); and • supplementary recurrent assistance which will continue to be given to Government and non-Government providers, pre-school, school and vocational education and training sectors.

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