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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 17 February 2005) . . Page.. 649 ..

(3) The current registration form does not request information of the child’s Indigenous or non Indigenous status. Departmental officers are only aware of one family that has identified as Indigenous.

Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders—education
(Question No 28)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) Is the Indigenous Education Consultative Body (IECB) still in operation;

(2) How often is the IECB utilised by the Government;

(3) What work has been completed by the IECB in the last three years to assist Government in regards to indigenous education.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Indigenous Education Consultative Body (IECB) is still in operation.

(2) In relation to education and training, the Government consults with the IECB whenever plans, initiatives or programs are being developed or proposed that will impact on Indigenous students. During the past three years, the IECB has provided advice in a number of areas. These include:

the redevelopment of Birrigai and ongoing consultations regarding Indigenous curriculum in Birrigai programs

the Curriculum Renewal Project

the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) trial regarding a whole-of-government and community approach to Indigenous youth and education

consultation regarding staffing in the Indigenous Education Section

consultation on the Services to Indigenous People Action Plan 2002 –2004

consultation on the Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2003 –2005, and

the development of the Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Program (IESIP) Monitoring agreement.

In addition, representatives of the IECB have met regularly with the Minister for Education and Training.

(3) The following projects have been completed by the IECB in the past three years to assist Government in regards to Indigenous education:

The Indigenous Education Compact (2002) between the Indigenous community and DET.

NAIDOC Student of the Year Awards for Indigenous students in government and non-government schools.

ACT Indigenous Education Consultative Body Strategic Plan 2002–2004.

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