Determining strategies to deliver educational success for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students
Conference Date
31st October & 1st November 2018
Pullman Cairns International
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Delivering student success
In 2017, the Federal budget announced a significant investment to increase funding for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students education of $1.4 billion over 5 years. The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education and Transitions conference aims to examine some of the practical strategies you can employ to deliver educational success for your Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students.

Attend and learn how to
  • Develop a culturally responsive curriculum to support students
  • Improve cultural awareness in teaching practices
  • Foster connections between community & develop trusted relationships
  • Engage students to strive for their own academic success
  • Strategies on lifting student engagement

Who will attend?
  • Catholic Education Offices
  • Independent, Catholic & State Schools
  • Universities
  • Career Services
  • Associations & Peak Bodies
  • TAFEs & RTOs
  • State & Federal Government Departments of Education


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Attend to learn:

  • Embed cultural awareness in teaching practices
  • Instill high expectations within students
  • Foster and enhance community engagement
  • Support educational transitions to higher education
  • Improve and deliver academic success for students
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Key Speakers

Ned McCord
Executive Director
Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School
Geraldine Atkinson
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc
Gerry Georgatos
National Coordinator
National Indigenous Critical Response Service & National Migrant Youth Support Service


What People Are Saying

  • “Enlightening, engaging and thought provoking conference that empowers you to continue on the great journey of reconciliation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait people”

    Tom Purcell
    Trinity Grammar School, Kew, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education & Transitions 2017 conference attendee


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