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Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Bill 2000

Part 2 Objects of the Act

   

5   Object of Act—equitable and appropriate educational outcomes for Indigenous people

                   It is an object of this Act to achieve equitable and appropriate educational outcomes for Indigenous people by:

                     (a)  arrangements for the adequate preparation of Indigenous children for primary and later schooling through preschool education; and

                     (b)  arrangements enabling Indigenous children to attain, through compulsory primary and secondary education, commensurate skills and standards of skills as those attained by other Australian children; and

                     (c)  arrangements enabling Indigenous secondary students to attain the same rate of successful completion of Year 12, or its equivalents, as that attained by other Australian secondary students; and

                     (d)  arrangements enabling Indigenous students participating in post-secondary education to attain the same graduation rates as those attained by other students so participating; and

                     (e)  developing programs to support the maintenance and continued use of the languages of Indigenous people; and

                      (f)  the provision of community education services to enable Indigenous people to manage the development of their communities; and

                     (g)  arrangements enabling Indigenous students to attain better literacy and numeracy skills, and to attain better attendance outcomes, through access to priority Commonwealth education initiatives and strategic projects; and

                     (h)  arrangements for education that will enable Indigenous adults with limited or no educational experience to attain proficiency in numeracy, the English language and life skills; and

                      (i)  education enabling Indigenous students to appreciate the history, culture and identity of Indigenous people; and

                      (j)  education enabling all Australian students to understand and appreciate the traditional and contemporary culture of Indigenous people.

6   Object of Act—equal access to education by Indigenous people

                   It is an object of this Act to ensure that Indigenous people enjoy equality with other Australians in their access to education and, in particular, to ensure:

                     (a)  that Indigenous children who are below primary school age enjoy equality with other Australian children of that age in their access to preschool education; and

                     (b)  that all Indigenous children have local access to compulsory primary and secondary schooling; and

                     (c)  that Indigenous people have equitable access to other secondary and post-secondary education.

7   Object of Act—equity of participation by Indigenous people in education

                   It is an object of this Act to ensure equity of participation by Indigenous people in education and, in particular, to ensure:

                     (a)  the participation of Indigenous children in preschool education for a period similar to that during which other Australian children participate in that education; and

                     (b)  that all Indigenous children participate in compulsory primary and secondary schooling; and

                     (c)  that the rate of participation of Indigenous people in other secondary and post-secondary education is equivalent to that of other Australians.

8   Object of Act—increasing involvement of Indigenous people in educational decisions

                   It is an object of this Act to increase the involvement of Indigenous people in the making of decisions concerning education by:

                     (a)  the establishment of effective arrangements for the participation of Indigenous parents and other Indigenous people in decisions concerning the planning, delivery and evaluation of preschool, primary and secondary education for Indigenous children; and

                     (b)  the establishment of effective arrangements for the participation of Indigenous students and other Indigenous people in decisions concerning the planning, delivery and evaluation of post-school education to Indigenous people; and

                     (c)  an increase in the number of Indigenous people who are employed or otherwise involved in education:

                              (i)  as administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, researchers, student services officers, curriculum advisers and community liaison officers; and

                             (ii)  as special teachers of the culture, history, contemporary society and languages of Indigenous people;

                            or otherwise; and

                     (d)  the provision of education and training to develop the skills of Indigenous people that are relevant to their participation in the making of decisions concerning education; and

                     (e)  the development of arrangements to secure independent advice from communities of Indigenous people concerning educational decisions to be taken at local, regional, State and Territory, and national levels.

9   Object of Act—to develop culturally appropriate education services for Indigenous people

                   It is an object of this Act to encourage the development of education services that are culturally appropriate for Indigenous people by:

                     (a)  the development of curricula that are suited to:

                              (i)  the education of Indigenous students; and

                             (ii)  the training of professional educators (including administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, researchers, student services officers, curriculum advisers and community liaison officers) who are involved in the education of Indigenous students; and

                     (b)  the development of teaching methods and techniques that are suited to the learning styles of Indigenous students; and

                     (c)  the promotion of research to devise innovative methods to deliver education services to Indigenous students; and

                     (d)  the promotion of research to devise methods to eliminate barriers to educational attainment encountered by Indigenous students; and

                     (e)  the conduct of pilot studies to test the effectiveness of the methods referred to in paragraphs (c) and (d).