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 […]

A collective effort to create a national treasure

  ‘The what works website will turn into a national treasure, a repository of knowledge in relation to Indigenous education and boarding, but it will only do that if everybody is willing and able to contribute’, so said the Chair of Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia, Mr Anthony Bennett Mr Bennett was speaking at the […]

What Works Website launched

The What Works website was launched on 15 June at the 5th National Indigenous Education & Boarding Symposium on Worimi Country near Newcastle. The What Works website provides know how and resources as guidance for boarding schools with Indigenous students.  ‘From the beginning this wasn’t a project that would create a publication to replace […]

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 […]