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 […]

2021 Award Winners announced

The winners have been announced for the 2021 Indigenous Boarding Awards. Individuals and organisations from around Australia submitted entries for review by our national judging panel and there have been 16 finalists selected across 5 Categories. The 3rd National Indigenous Boarding Awards were presented live via Facebook on Wednesday 5 May 2021. The Awards presentation […]

Understanding Remote Indigenous Families

Understanding Remote Indigenous Families For boarding schools with Indigenous students from remote communities, family engagement is an important aspect to support their children’s transition to boarding, retention and academic outcomes. Whilst all families have their individual characteristics, needs and circumstances the evaluation of the Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) identified four main family types. These […]

Radical Preparedness

Contribute to policy development and service planning to meet the needs of remote school aged Indigenous youth in a COVID-19-changed world. The SUN (Schools Up North) team, led by Helen Travers and Ernest Hunter, invite comments on a discussion paper. The paper summarises key issues raised by educators and other service providers relevant to anticipating […]

NAIDOC Week 2020

National NAIDOC Week will be celebrated from 8-15 November 2020. How will you celebrate NAIDOC Week this year? Visit the NAIDOC website to find out more about the theme: Always Was, Always Will Be and download resources. If you are holding an event, you can add it to the NAIDOC calendar and find events in […]

Interschool partnerships

Although many Indigenous Australian students from remote Northern Territory attend boarding schools, the statistics show that few complete Year 12. It is also factual that communities are rarely engage in their children’s boarding education and boarding schools seldom engage with Elders to support a child’s cultural journey. Two researchers from the NT have published their […]

Recent Research

With a focus on student boarding The Australian and International Journal for Rural Education (AIJRE) Vol 30 No 2 (2020) has a few interesting recent articles included on Indigenous student boarding: A STEP-UP Resilience Intervention for Supporting Indigenous Students Attending Boarding Schools (Rutherford et al) describes the development and implementation of a two-year STEP-UP intervention […]

Coronavirus Webinar #3

In early Term 2 the 3rd Webinar on the Coronavirus, ABSTUDY and Indigenous student boarding is going to provide a one-hour update. The webinar with the Department of Social Services and Services Australia has been scheduled on Thursday 30 April at 12.00pm AEST (NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD – 11.30am SA, NT – 10am WA) to […]

Award winners announced

The winners of the 2nd Indigenous Boarding Awards were announced on Wednesday 18 March at The Pier, Geelong. Incorporated into the National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium, the Awards Presentation Dinner was a great opportunity for the delegates to celebrate the achievements of the finalists in five award categories. Visit the Awards web page to […]

Award finalists announced

Indigenous Boarding Award Finalists announced. The judging has been done and the results are in. The list of Finalists for 2020 are listed on the Awards web page. The Awards will be presented at the National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium Awards Dinner in Geelong on Wednesday 18 March, 2020. Thank you to Awards Dinner […]