Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010-2014

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan is a national plan that commits all governments in Australia to a unified approach to closing the gap in education outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Developed by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) as part of the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG's) reform agenda to improve life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, MCEECDYA approved the Plan in April 2010, and it was subsequently endorsed by COAG in May 2011.

Federal, State and Territory governments have all committed, through the National Education Agreement (NEA) to report annually on the Plan’s 55 actions, which aim to accelerate improvements in the learning outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the country. 

The Plan reflects commitments by governments to introduce substantial structural and innovative reforms in early childhood education and schooling as outlined in national agreements between all governments. It identifies national, systemic and local level action in six priority domains that, evidence shows, will contribute to improved outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. A number of the actions under the Plan will be undertaken by a key group of focus schools. These are schools with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary students with the greatest need and where efforts should be focused to make the greatest difference. 

The Plan was developed with the support of stakeholders via a wide ranging consultation process which received over 100 submissions. It also builds upon Australian Directions in Indigenous Education 2005-2008 and is informed by the Review of Australian Directions in Indigenous Education 2005-2008 commissioned by MCEECDYA and undertaken by prominent Aboriginal academics from across Australia.

For a list of focus schools, please click here

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014 can be downloaded here.

For information and resources into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood education and care, please click here.

For further information, please contact the Executive Officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Working Group, Ms Karen Jacobson: (07) 3237 0078 or email: Karen.Jacobson@dete.qld.gov.au