Different Perspectives Working Together, Whatever It Takes!

These words set the scene for what transpired over two days at the 2019 National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium, Brisbane. Our keynote speakers all had different perspectives.  The challenging words from Richard Stewart, State Program Manager at the Transition Support Services in Far North Queensland, gave the viewpoint of a seasoned campaigner who has […]

ABC Story on Indigenous Boarding

Boarding Australia is ready to provide follow up to the weekend’s report by the ABC questioning the benefits for students and the efficacy of funding over the past 10 years by the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). The special report presented as a segment of Sunday night’s ABC News and online offered the perspective of […]

Indigenous Boarding Financial Health Crisis?

We are hearing from boarding providers with high numbers of Indigenous boarders that they are in financial stress. For many of these boarding providers not only are they reporting poor financial health but their situation has been getting worse over the past three years and they don’t see their finances improving in 2018. Here are […]

Providing holistic care to better support Indigenous boarders

Cowboys House is growing, and it is not for the chance to meet a sports star. NRL Cowboys House is doing things. It offers Indigenous men from remote communities educational choices. ‘Traditional boarding school models can be a struggle for some families from remote communities,’ says General Manager, Fiona Pelling. ‘Cultural support and family and […]

Board Buzz: President Anthony Bennett

Major changes needed to provide better care for other people’s children. When the Royal Commission released its report into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse it was clear that safety and protection of children from abuse (emotional and sexual) remains a major concern in a wide range of institutions and has been for the last […]

Happiness is helping

In Borroloola, a hub town between the Northern Territory and Queensland, Noela Anderson, a woman from Garrwa and Yanyuwa language groups has worked as the school Liasion Officer for 14 years. The school is part of the Borroloola and Gulf Group Schools, which consists of three remote campuses in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the […]

Study Away Review

Review of Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Students Studying Away from Home Many of us are familiar with issues facing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students, their families and communities in studying away from home. This review offers a sound analysis of these issues providing data and suggestions – and […]

Boarding provisions a growing gap for Indigenous students

Independent Schools Council of Australia urges Government to change funding levels and administration requirements of ABSTUDY if there is any hope in closing the gap for remote students.   No one should underestimate the challenges associated with providing appropriate educational opportunities for Indigenous students, especially those that come from remote communities. They represent some of the most […]

Statement re Kormilda College

Boarding Australia is concerned about the potential impact on Indigenous boarding students in the event that Kormilda College’s boarding program was to cease operation. CEO of Boarding Australia, Dan Cox, says that “demand for boarding places continues to grow across the Territory, and NT boarding options are important to many students and their parents.” Secondary-school […]