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a) At February 2018 census, there were 50 male Aboriginal and Torres Strait students at Namadgi School across preschool to year 10.

b) At February 2018 census, there were 45 female Aboriginal and Torres Strait students at Kingsford Smith School and 46 female Aboriginal and Torres Strait students at Namadgi School across preschool to year 10.

Schools—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (Question No 1063)

Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, upon notice, on 23 March 2018:

(1) Which schools have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officers.

(2) What is the percentage of time each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer spends at their respective schools.

(3) What do you attribute the comparatively low rate of year 12 completions at 73 per cent with retention rates for indigenous students from year 7 to year 12 at 98.8 per cent in 2016.

(4) What measures and investment is being put in place to increase year 12 completion.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Education Directorate employs 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officers (IEO) who are based across 11 ACT Government schools and more broadly across the four school networks. From their base schools, IEOs also support their local cluster of schools by connecting with students and staff. They also facilitate and support local school based programs and initiatives as well as system wide activities such as the Buroinjin carnivals. The schools are:

South/Weston

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Melrose High School

Tuggeranong

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Caroline Chisholm School, Wanniassa School, Richardson Primary School, Namadgi School

North/Gungahlin

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Amaroo School, Harrison School, Ngunnawal Primary School

Belconnen

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Melba Copland Secondary School, Macquarie Primary School, Macgregor Primary School

(2) Estimating a specific percentage of time spent at school by each IEO is not recorded.

(3) It is not possible to accurately compare year 12 completion and the year 7 to 12 apparent retention rate, as they are two separate measures which are based on different cohorts of students. The apparent retention rate is inflated by cross border enrolment


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