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.