Indigenous Program


Indigenous Education and Training Futures

The Department of Education, Training and Employment acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and sea where we all work and live and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

The Division of Indigenous Education and Training Futures drive improvements to the learning, training and employment outcome of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student through the state.

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All students, regardless of their background are entitled to world class education and training services at every stage of their lives, from cradle to employment, so they can maximise their potential, and play an active part in the community and economy.

The Division is driving programs, policies and projects aimed at closing the gap in learning and life outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.


Closing the Gap Education Strategy

Every day, in every classroom, every student is learning and achieving.

The Closing the Gap Education Strategy (PDF, 1.96)​​ is the overarching strategy for the Department of Education and Training. The focus of the strategy is achieving a core set of targets as indicators of progress towards eliminating the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous student education outcomes.

The Federal Government goals are:

  • Halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for children within a decade.

  • Halve the gap in Indigenous Year 12 achievement by 2020. 

The targets for student attendance and Year 12 retention will continue to use the 2008 data as the baseline.

The Division publishes a monthly newsletter Closing the Gap for parents, educators, community members and all people with an interest in improving the education and training of Queensland’s first people.

Solid partners Solid futures​ (PDF) is an action plan by the State Government for excellence in Indigenous early childhood, education, training and employment in Queensland from 2013-2016. The main purpose is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to have the support they need to enjoy and achieve success throughout their educational journey from early childhood through to employment.  

Our Murri Jarjum team

  • Cameron Williams Indigenous Academic Liaison
  • Deana Lasserre - Indigenous Administrative Support

QATSIF Scholarship

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (QATSIF) was created to give Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families increased educational choices and life opportunities.

QATSIF recognises the vital role that successful completion of schooling and the availability of opportunities through higher education have in building a foundation for employment and a better quality of life.

Under this program, QATSIF will provide two-year scholarship funding to a number of selected secondary schools across Queensland to support students commencing Year 11 in 2017. In this round of applications, schools may also apply for students completing Year 12 in 2017 who may not previously had the opportunity to be considered for a QATSIF Scholarship.​ 

Please follow the link to the PDF below for more information:

QATSIF 2017-2018 Parent information (PDF, 228KB)

Student Programs

The Aime Program

AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous students finishing school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment.

For more information on AIME.

Mibunn Group

Tutoring support will be available every Wednesday 1:55-3:05pm in B Block (B03) with Mr Williams and AIME volunteers.

Indigenous Student Support Centres at Universities and TAFE

Other universities not listed will also have an Indigenous Students Support Centre. The above list includes the Universities and TAFE colleges most popular with PBC students in recent years.​

Last reviewed 12 April 2019
Last updated 12 April 2019