Established in 2000, the Clontarf Foundation is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation that exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys and equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.
In July 2013, the Clontarf Foundation received $4.5 million from the Australian Government to accommodate an expansion of their existing school-based academies and establish new academies in other locations throughout Australia to deliver services to an additional 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys. The Australian Government then invested an additional $13.2 million to further support the Clontarf Foundation expansion for the additional 3,000 student places in the 2014-15 Budget.
The combined figure of $17.7 million represents the Australian Government contribution to the Foundation to support the additional 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys participating in the programme over the period 2014-2018. Through the expansion measure the Clontarf Foundation established fifteen new Academies in Perth, New South Wales, and in Queensland with a total enrolment target of 1010 students.
The purpose of the research is to evaluate the implementation of the expansion measure and the extent to which the expansion is contributing to the achievement of its objective to encourage positive outcomes for an additional 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys. Specifically, the key questions identified include:
1. How well has the Clontarf Foundation implemented the expansion measure? How does it vary by school or jurisdiction?
2. Have there been improvements in student outcomes or early signs of success since the start of the expansion measure?
3. Have there been any unintended consequences as a result of the expansion measure?