Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed remote Indigenous students back to school for 2018.
Senator Macdonald said the Australian Government is focused on improving school attendance rates in remote communities.
“Every child deserves the best head start in life and that means a decent education. The Australian Government is committed to increasing school attendance throughout remote North Queensland communities,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) teams across North Queensland have been hard at work preparing their communities for the first week back at school.
“RSAS teams develop a locally tailored ‘back to school’ plan specifically for their community – ensuring students and their families are equipped with the tools they need to increase school attendance from the first day of school.
“The first step to improving a student’s education is ensuring they attend school each and every day.”
At the end of Semester 1 2017, half of all RSAS schools had higher attendance rates when compared with the same time in 2013.
Since 2014, the Australian Government has invested $128.1 million to support the RSAS programme, operating in 78 sites, supporting approximately 14,500 students and their families and employing 470 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.