Indigenous advancement projects continue to improve education outcomes

Release Date: 
20 November 2019
Media release

The Morrison Government is providing $99.1 million for front line organisations to work with Indigenous people on local activities that improve life outcomes.

Under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) more than 375 projects will continue to provide direct benefits to Indigenous people in 2020.

Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, said the Strategy is having a positive effect across the country with community driven projects leading to real improvements in a number of areas, including education.

“Our Government is proud to fund projects that we can see are achieving good outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Minister Wyatt said

“One of the key priorities for the IAS is helping children get to school ready to learn and receive a quality education and we must partner with people on the ground to achieve these outcomes.

“This is exemplified in the electorate of Lindsay where we are providing $456,000 to Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services and Community Junction Incorporated to help improve school attendance and keep students engaged through the education journey.

“These are two great organisations making the most of our IAS investments.”

Member for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh MP, said Nepean and Community Junction are examples of the IAS successfully delivering practical on-the-ground support.

“A good education not only contributes to the success of individuals – families and whole communities reap the rewards.

“Nepean supports parents and improves early learning attendance by offering playgroups, in-home visits, and an outreach and crisis support service. Through this investment, school readiness outcomes are improving and 280 families have been supported in the last 12 months.

“And Community Junction are addressing the barriers that limit school attendance by hosting regular sessions throughout the year to get young people engaged or re-engaged with school.

“We’re pleased these projects will continue to deliver for the people of Lindsay.”

These programs are part of the Morrison Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy that is providing $5.2 billion over four years to improve Indigenous education, employment, economic development and social participation, and to grow healthy and safe homes and communities.