The $7.5 million More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI) was a national five-year collaborative project with the Australian education community – planned, implemented and evaluated in four annual phases.
The following MATSITI Report outlines progress during 2011–2016 against the key project deliverables specified in the Funding Agreement between the Australian Government and the University of South Australia, with activities outlined in the 2012–2015 Project Plan and annual Work Plans.
The 3 key deliverables for the MATSITI project were:
- qualitative and quantitative research reports on factors and effectiveness of strategies to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers
- a series of partnerships and co-investment agreements with school authorities, university schools of education and other agencies to increase recruitment, retention and leadership in teacher training and in schools
- national community engagement and marketing strategies to promote teaching as a career option for secondary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
The purpose of this final report to the Australian Government is to:
- comment on the significance of the MATSITI project and its outcomes
- link MATSITI achievements to the Commonwealth Government’s stated policy priorities for improved educational and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- connect learnings from the MATSITI initiative to recommendations in the Project Evaluation
- provide evidence and directions on strategic investments for project sponsors, stakeholders, government departments and education advocacy groups, so that teacher workforce reforms may be progressed.
The activities specified in the Funding Agreement and Work Plans were designed to increase:
a. the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in professional teaching positions in schools;
b. retention of professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in teaching positions in schools.
The MATSITI project was led by Professor Peter Buckskin, Dean: Aboriginal Engagement and Strategic Projects, University of South Australia, with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education Reference Group of Indigenous members and a Working Party to provide strategic direction and management for the initiative.