More Indigenous students are finishing year 12, but dropout rates at university are still higher.
A greater focus on education in all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life would advance tangible and sustainable change.
Mission schools were originally set up to protect Indigenous populations from white massacres and other violence related to colonialism.
John T. Collins/State Library of Victoria
Schooling has historically been used to control Indigenous peoples, rather than to liberate or educate them.
Children living in the most disadvantaged areas will average half the NAPLAN scores in reading, writing and numeracy tests than those living in the least disadvantaged areas.
The gap between the most and least advantaged areas in Australia is reflected in educational inequality.
Financial, social, and cultural factors influence the decision for Indigenous students to go to university.
We need to shift the focus of equity programs to nurturing the already strong aspirations Indigenous children have from primary school.
Graduates of a 2015 Tertiary Entry Program, which paves the way into university courses, with lead author and CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement, Bronwyn Fredericks (fourth from left) and Provost Hilary Winchester (far right).
If we're serious about closing the gap in Indigenous education, our new research shows the value of building better bridges into universities and vocational education.
Isolation affects ability to perform on national standardised tests.
While the NT consistently performs lowest on national and international tests, with a long tail of low achievement, the ACT consistently performs highest.
Changes to higher education have failed to mention Indigenous participation.
The government has made clear that more opportunities for Indigenous students are key to its vision for a world-class higher education system. However, Indigenous issues have received little attention…