This submission inquires into the education of students in remote and complex environments, focusing on the needs and circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
- Invest in quality Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled integrated early years services, through a specific early education program, with clear targets to increase coverage in remote areas of high Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, and high levels of disadvantage.
- Deliver an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early education and care workforce development strategy to expand and build capacity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce and strengthen the cultural competence of the mainstream workforce.
- Closely monitor and publicly report on the impact of the transition to the Child Care Package on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to ensure that the goal of increasing their access to early education and care is achieved, making adjustments as required.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community-controlled early education and care services that are equipped to build on the skills and strengths of their children, instead of emphasising their perceived ‘deficits’, provide a safe space for children to build confidence and learn, and ensure content is relevant and meaningful.