The Coalition Government has acted decisively to deliver certainty to students at Kormilda College in Darwin by agreeing to provide financial support to keep the school open through 2017.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that based on what was known of Kormilda College’s financial position, the Government had set aside sufficient funding through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) to ensure the college remained open next year.
Any funding provided through the IAS would be contingent on an independent audit being conducted into Kormilda College’s financial position as well as the development of a plan to put the college on a sustainable footing into the future.
“Kormilda College currently has about 180 Indigenous boarding students and it is vital they and their families have certainty for their continuing education in 2017,” Minister Scullion said.
“Kormilda College is one of Australia’s biggest Indigenous boarding schools and is able to accommodate up to 230 Indigenous students.
“For many Indigenous students in the Northern Territory, Kormilda College provides a passport to a good school education that can open up further education and employment opportunities later in life.
“For this reason, it is absolutely essential the Komilda College board is able to work through its current difficulties and transition to a business model that puts the college on a sustainable footing.
“I want to work closely with the college’s board and the Northern Territory Government to ensure this vital gateway to education and opportunity continues to be provided to Territorian children, particularly Indigenous children.”