IRU supports Labor’s Indigenous teaching focus

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) supports the Australian Labor party’s commitment to provide 400 new indigenous teaching scholarships if elected to Government.  Increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers is crucial to raising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ educational attainment levels.

The announcement was a recommendation of the More Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Initiative of which IRU indigenous leader, Professor Mark Rose was part. It follows through on Recommendation #4 of the Behrendt Review in 2012, that the Australian Government work with state and territory education departments to ensure that career advisers and teachers encourage indigenous students to consider higher education as a post-school option. Read more attached.

New Colombo Plan – Indigenous Focus: IRU response

The IRU members strive to be universities of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff, promoting understanding of Indigenous knowledges in education, research and policy. The IRU supports the aim of the NCP Secretariat within DFAT to encourage greater participation by Indigenous students in the New Colombo Plan.
The need for action is based on participation to date being lower than the enrolment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students would suggest should be expected. As part of the NCP application and acquittal process, universities are not required to report participation (of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity or any other demographic) as part of the completion reporting process. To assess the effectiveness of the program in reaching all students this data should be collected, using the Department of Education and Training’s student data set items.

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The impact of the Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering process

The IRU submission targets the impact of the inclusion of higher education Indigenous programmes in the IAS, with the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) subject to the tendering process. The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) is a network of six research intensive, progressive universities, established in the outer urban areas of Australia’s capitals and in major provincial cities to stimulate economic, social and personal advancement. Our locations bring universities, with comprehensive activities across teaching and research, to areas where higher education participation and attainment is low, and where the university’s research and creation of graduates can strengthen the social and economic prosperity of the region.

The impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering processes by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: IRU Submission

We appreciate the opportunity to submit to the Senate References Committee on Finance and Public Administration on the impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering processes by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The IRU submission targets the impact of the inclusion of higher education Indigenous programmes in the IAS, with the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) subject to the tendering process. The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) is a network of six research intensive, progressive universities, established in the outer urban areas of Australia’s capitals and in major provincial cities to stimulate economic, social and personal advancement. Our locations bring universities, with comprehensive activities across teaching and research, to areas where higher education participation and attainment is low, and where the university’s research and creation of graduates can strengthen the social and economic prosperity of the region.

The members of the IRU have a long-standing commitment to becoming universities of choice for Indigenous students and staff. Read the submission in full below.

The impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering processes by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: IRU Submission

The IRU submission targets the impact of the inclusion of higher education Indigenous programmes in the IAS, with the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) subject to the tendering process.

The members of the IRU have a long-standing commitment to becoming universities of choice for Indigenous students and staff.

• IRU members educate 19% of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students.

• 2.1% of all our students are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders against a national parity target of 2.3% and overall sector achievement of 1.4%.

• 1.1% of IRU completions are by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders against overall sector achievement of 0.8%.

• We employ 17% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders staff working in Australian universities.

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IRU commits to being universities of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff

The seven Innovative Research Universities (IRU) committed to being the universities of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff, today at Parliament House, Canberra.

The IRU Statement of Intent sets out how the IRU members will implement a whole of university approach to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and building understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and knowledge.

“Higher education is crucial to addressing areas of disadvantage and ensuring successful outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The 2014 Bridging the Gap Report shows the challenge is very real” Professor Dewar, IRU Chair and Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University said

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Statement of Intent

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education

The universities of the IRU acknowledge that we teach, learn and research on the traditional lands and waters of Indigenous peoples. We pay our respects to the traditional owners and custodians of the lands upon which our campuses are located and celebrate the significant contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to our institutions.

We recognise the legitimacy of Indigenous Knowledge.