Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has urged parents in remote communities to ensure their children are ready for the start of the new school year.
“Children in remote communities in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia are set to return to school next week,” Minister Scullion said.
“We all want the very best for our children and we know a good education is a key to giving them the best start in life.
“I want kids living in remote communities to be attending school every day from the first day of Term 1 this year – no excuses.
“The Coalition Government’s Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) is employing local people to work with state and territory governments, schools and communities to lift attendance in 2017.
“The RSAS is supporting the families of approximately 14,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in 77 schools in the NT, NSW, WA and SA and Queensland.
“I would encourage any parent in an RSAS community who needs support to get a child to school to contact their local RSAS team. After all, that’s what they are there for!
“Increasing school attendance, getting more adults to work and making communities safer are the Government’s highest priorities in Indigenous Affairs because they are fundamental to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
Note: School resumed in Queensland on Monday, 23 January.