Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated NT Government Department of Education staff involved with the Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS), who were recognised at the NT Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence in the Public Sector on Friday.
The staff won the award in the Strengthening Government and Public Administration category, which recognises outstanding achievements that enhance efficiency, accountability, accessibility and community confidence in government and the public sector.
“We are working very closely with the Northern Territory Government to implement the RSAS in the Northern Territory and the results to date have been promising,” Minister Scullion said.
“This award recognises the hard work and commitment of NT schools, local communities and families.
“At the end of Semester 1 across the 30 Northern Territory RSAS stage one schools, there was a 15 per cent rise in the number of children attending school, compared to the same time last year.
“This achievement shows that government, when working together with the community, can make real improvements to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Territorians.
“Getting kids to school is the Australian Government’s No 1 priority in Indigenous Affairs, and I thank the Northern Territory Government and Department of Education for their continued support.”
The Australian Government RSAS started in Term 1, 2014, and is being implemented in partnership with communities and schools in locations in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Download media release:
2014-11-17 Final MR – SCULLION – Chief Min awards.pdf