The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Advisory Group (the Group) provides advice to the ACT Government on education and training matters that affect Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students, parents and communities.
The focus of the group is to engage with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and provide advice that assists the Directorate in policy formulation, program facilitation and implementation.
The Group is made up of nine members – four Parent Members, four Organisation Members representing local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisations and higher education centres, and one Education Directorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network member.
Roles and responsibilities of the Group include:
- Promoting and modelling parent and community engagement in education and encouraging parent/caregiver participation in community consultation processes about education through formal and informal conversations, community forums, community yarns, etc;
- Provide advice to the Minister for Education, ACT Education Directorate (the Directorate) and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (through the Director General’s regular meetings with the Elected Body Education Representative) on the educational needs of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples;
- Provide insight and advice on key strategic issues, policy formulation and delivery of support services and programs in ACT public schools; and
- Represent the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community at the National Indigenous Education Consultative Body network and associated meetings and communicate key issues and actions to the Directorate as appropriate.
Secretariat support to the Group is provided by the Education Directorate’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Section.
To contact the Group, please email ATSIEAG@act.gov.au.