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Appendix 3: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy (AEP): Social Justice Report 2008

Social Justice Report 2008

Appendix 3: National Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Education Policy
(AEP)
[1]

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Major goal 1 - Involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in
educational decision-making

Long term goals

  1. To establish effective arrangements for the participation of Aboriginal
    and Torres Strait Islander parents and community members in decisions regarding
    the planning, delivery and evaluation of preschool, primary and secondary
    education services for their children.

  2. To increase the number of
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed as educational
    administrators, teachers, curriculum advisers, teachers assistants, home-school
    liaison officers and other education workers, including community people engaged
    in teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and
    con-temporary society, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

  3. To establish effective arrangements for the participation of Aboriginal
    and Torres Strait Islander students and community members in decisions regarding
    the planning, delivery and evaluation of post-school education services,
    including technical and further education colleges and higher education
    institutions.

  4. To increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
    Islander people employed as administrators, teachers, researchers and student
    services officers in technical and further education colleges and higher
    education institutions.

  5. To provide education and training services to
    develop the skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to
    participate in educational decision-making.

  6. To develop arrangements for
    the provisions of independent advice from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    communities regarding educational decisions at regional, state, territory and
    national levels.

Major goal 2 – Equality of access to education services

Long term goals

  1. To ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children of
    pre-primary school have access to preschool services on a basis comparable to
    that available to other Australian children of the same age.

  2. To ensure
    that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have local access to
    primary and secondary schooling.

  3. To ensure equitable access of Aboriginal
    and Torres Strait Islander people to post-compulsory secondary schooling, to
    technical and further education, and to higher education.

Major goal 3 – Equity of educational participation


Long term goals

  1. To achieve the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    children in preschool education for a period similar to that for other
    Australian children.

  2. To achieve the participation of all Aboriginal and
    Torres Strait Islander children in compulsory schooling.

  3. To achieve the
    participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in post-secondary
    education, in technical and further education, and in higher education, at rates
    commensurate with those of other Australians in those sectors.

Major Goal 4 – Equitable and appropriate educational outcomes

Long term goals

  1. To provide adequate preparation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    children through preschool education for the schooling years ahead.

  2. To
    enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander attainment of skills to the same
    standard as other Australian students throughout the compulsory schooling years.

  3. To enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to attain the
    successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent at the same rates as for other
    Australian students.

  4. To enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    students to attain the same graduation rates from award courses in technical and
    further education, and in higher education, as for other Australians.

  5. To
    develop programs to support the maintenance and continued use of Aboriginal and
    Torres Strait Islander Languages.

  6. To provide community education
    services which enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop
    the skills to manage the development of their communities.

  7. To enable the
    attainment of proficiency in English language and numeracy competencies by
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults with limited or no educational
    experience.

  8. To enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at
    all levels of education to have an appreciation of their history, cultures and
    identity.

  9. To provide all Australians students with an understanding of
    and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional and
    contemporary cultures.

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[1] Australian Government
Department of Education, Science and Training, National Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Education Policy. At http://www.dest.gov.au/archive/schools/indigenous/aep.htm (viewed 17 January 2009).