Joint Media Release with Minister for Education The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Students and staff at Tiwi College on Melville Island will have full use of a new classroom and staff accommodation units thanks to funding from the Australian Government.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, officially opened the new facility today on behalf of the Minister for Education Dan Tehan.
“It was great to visit Tiwi College and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have on students’ learning potential,” Senator Scullion said.
The Morrison Government provided $293,000 in funding for the improvements. Senator Scullion said students and the whole school community would benefit from these new facilities.
This is in addition to the $3.8 million provided through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) and Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) to Tiwi College for the Tiwi Academy and construction of additional facilities.
“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in educational research and will see students learn more effectively.
“The Morrison Government is absolutely committed to ensuring all children, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to get an education, and facilities like this are critical to promoting better school attendance and making sure students have the support they need to succeed in the classroom.”
Mr Tehan said in addition to funding projects like these, the Government was also delivering a new funding system to ensure every student gets the resources they need.
“We’re overhauling Australia’s schools funding system and boosting investment to Tiwi College from around $36,631 per student this year to about $60,875 over the next decade.
The changes ensure students with the greatest needs get the greatest level of resources,” Mr Tehan said.