26
Jul 17

Changing the game: a school at the beginning of its high expectations-relationship journey

Author:Cara Shipp

After completing the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program in 2015, I obtained a grant to implement SSLP work within a new school structure at Wanniassa School, Tuggeranong, ACT – a school with 11% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, one of the largest populations in Canberra schools. This work, based on high expectations with high support, … Continue reading Changing the game: a school at the beginning of its high expectations-relationship journey

20
Jan 17

Aboriginal children placed in out of home care set to have cases reviewed

Every Aboriginal child placed in out of home care in NSW last year is set to have their case reviewed. Over the past five years, there has been a 15% increase in the number of Indigenous children entering out of home care, compared to 3% for non-Indigenous children. Of the 20,000 children in care across … Continue reading Aboriginal children placed in out of home care set to have cases reviewed

22
Jun 16

Ending Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander family violence

“Unless the underlying factors are dealt with, ending family violence is just a conversation that will continue for our children and our grandchildren.” The Hon Linda Burney MP, Deputy Opposition Leader & Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Australian Labour Party NSW, spoke about domestic and family violence in Aboriginal communities at our recent Sydney conference. … Continue reading Ending Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander family violence

19
Jan 15

Child abuse numbers reach record highs

The latest Department of Human Services annual report stated a spike in child abuse notifications. The report states that “there were 64 cases of substantiated abuse of children in out-of-home care completed last year, which includes physical and sexual abuse, up from 54 the previous year.” In a different report by the Commission for Children … Continue reading Child abuse numbers reach record highs

05
Dec 14

Warren Mundine outlines 10 recommendations to improve Indigenous education outcomes

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 Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council Warren Mundine made a keynote address at the ‘Indigenous Education & Transitions’ conference on the 25th November in Sydney. Mr Mundine opened his address by comparing the journey for improving outcomes for Indigenous students as clearing a forest; it begins by clearing the first tree. Mr Mundine outlined 10 … Continue reading Warren Mundine outlines 10 recommendations to improve Indigenous education outcomes

03
Oct 14

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Housing Conference key take aways

The start of October is usually the start of the wet season across northern Australia. I arrived in Darwin on the 21st September, just in time to experience the last few days of the dry season, a humid heat that I had never experienced before. There was a sense of anticipation in the air, the wet … Continue reading Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Housing Conference key take aways

30
Jun 14

Housing is one of the base requirements – so why the inadequacy?

‘ment efforts [to fix Aboriginal houses] prove the most expensive and least effective’. – Sydney Morning Herald. It’s amazing what members of society take for granted. After work we go home – whether it’s a house, villa, townhouse or apartment, the majority of us have a sanctuary to call ours – it is our place … Continue reading Housing is one of the base requirements – so why the inadequacy?

16
Jun 14

Criterion Conferences give over $450,000 of free passes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations since 2009

At Criterion we believe in making our conferences as inclusive and as accessible as possible, especially to those grass roots and small organisations that would not normally be able to attend. Since 2009 we’ve given over $450,000 of free conference passes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) organisations. Over 225 individuals, working in those … Continue reading Criterion Conferences give over $450,000 of free passes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations since 2009