Year in Review

Although 2023 has been a challenging year, the IEBA Board have been active with continued advocacy regarding: ABSTUDY means testing for remote families Indigenous students travel and funding reimbursement for schools Design of Indigenous boarding funding,as well as battling in the Fair Work Commission to align ‘hostels’ employment conditions with boarding school staff. Whilst the […]

ABSTUDY Rates 2024

The 2024 ABSTUDY rate for secondary students has been released and a copy is attached. You may notice that the payment rates have increased quite significantly in comparison to previous years. This is because ABSTUDY boarding students were also the beneficiary of the Working Age and Student Payment increase as well as Rent Assistance increases […]

What Works launch

For boarding schools the challenge of knowing what works to support their Indigenous students will be made easier with the launch of a new website IndigenousBoarding.AU. ‘With the number of boarding schools hosting Indigenous students growing rapidly over the past decade, good practices guidance is needed if the education gap is to be closed,’ said […]

2022 Budget increase

The announcement by the Morrison Government of $17.3 million to support Indigenous students at boarding schools needs to be strengthened by a long term commitment and a national Indigenous cultural education and boarding standard. “Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia (IEBA) welcomes the investment of $17.3 million by the Morrison Government. The additional resources will create […]

National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium June 2022

Bookings are now open to attend the 5th National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium from Wednesday 15 June to Friday 17 June 2022. The symposium venue is the beautiful Murrook Culture Centre in Newcastle managed by the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council. The Symposium will explore key learnings from the What Works project, which is […]

Books You Must Read webinars series

Join us in March for the first two webinars in our Books You Must Read webinars series. BOARDING AND AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES – Marnie O’BryanTuesday 22 MarchAuthor, Marnie O’Bryan, steps inside the complex lived experience of being a First Nations student in predominantly non-Indigenous schools in Australia. Stories are told through first-hand narratives interviews of […]

ABSTUDY temporary policy changes for boarding students

Extension of temporary changes to boarding payments for Term 1 and 2 in 2022­ for ABSTUDY and AIC studentsThe Australian Government introduced temporary changes to ABSTUDY and AIC policy during 2020 and 2021 in response to impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The Government is extending temporary provisions for boarding payments for Terms 1 and 2 […]

COVID impact on 2022 Indigenous student enrolments – Survey Results

Over the past week IEBA has conducted a survey to get an understanding of expectations for the return to boarding by Indigenous students in 2022. Overall the results showed that the majority were expecting no change or an increase in Indigenous students returning. However, 45% of the schools and residences respondents with high numbers of […]

What Works announced

‘What Works’ to support Indigenous boarding students The Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP, in his opening address at the 2021 Symposium in Cairns announced the funding for IEBA to create an online resource of ‘What works’ to support Indigenous boarding students. IEBA is looking to use technology and create an […]

Support for Indigenous Boarding Students

$16.6 million to improve support for Indigenous boarding students was announced at the 2021 National Indigenous Education & Boarding Symposium. Paul Denny, a/g Group Manager, Social Policy and Programs Group, National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), informed symposium delegates the 2021-22 Budget included $16.6 million targeted to improve support for boarding schools and stand-alone providers with […]