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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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Network 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 Commission has endorsed an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Position Statement to support Catholic School Authorities as they form collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, parents, community and organisations to enable students to have equitable access to quality Catholic education that is mutually enriching for all.
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.
The Department of Education has developed the Deadly Kids Can Listen and Learn course to support the learning outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who experience conductive hearing loss as a result of middle ear disease.
“It is clear that Closing the Gap is a national responsibility that belongs with every Australian. Ending the disparity is complex and challenging. This will not lessen our resolve or diminish our efforts, even when some problems seem intractable and targets elusive.” (Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull).
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. The Closing the Gap initiative provides targets in a range of areas, including educational outcomes and also tracks progress against those targets.
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:
This strategy is a living document. New national collaborative actions may emerge as priorities evolve and work is completed