The Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) and Catholic schooling authorities in Queensland are committed to closing the gap in education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
The QCEC Indigenous Education Subcommittee provides strategic advice to QCEC for the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic perspectives in the development of state and national education legislation and policies. The Executive Officer – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education represents and advocates on behalf of Queensland Catholic education.
The Queensland Government has released its action plan to help improve the ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The plan brings together the health, education and early childhood sectors to combat ear health and hearing problems that can seriously impact on a child’s development. The action plan sits within a 10 year framework launched in March 2016 which aims to prevent and manage the high rates of middle-ear disease and associated hearing loss among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) all governments in Australia have agreed to a set of educational priorities and reform directions to reduce Indigenous disadvantage.
The Australian Government is committed to closing the gap between the outcomes of Indigenous Australians and other Australians by halving the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for Indigenous children within a decade; and halving the gap for Indigenous students in year 12 attainment or equivalent attainment rates by 2020.
More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI) is a four year (2011-15) program to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people entering and remaining in professional teaching positions in Australian schools.
As part of the funding agreement with MATSITI, QCEC has developed a video to promote teaching as a viable career for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The video entitled “Teaching is a Deadly Career” endorses teaching as a worthwhile career and encourages Indigenous students in Years Ten, Eleven and Twelve to consider teacher education courses and a future teaching career in Catholic schools.
QCEC recommends this video as a tool to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in Queensland Catholic schools in order to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to enter teacher education courses.
An example of the value of having an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher in our schools is demonstrated in the video featuring Pelly Morganson. This video was created by 360 Crea8ive Enterprises in partnership with the Townsville Catholic Education Office
The Australian Education, Early Childhood Development, Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee (AEEYSOC) has developed a high level strategy framework that will focus on directions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education for national collaborations.
This strategy has seven priority areas. These are:
Queensland Catholic Education has a key role in working towards the Strategy’s purpose, which reads: