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Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Helen Hughes, Sara Hudson
18 November 2011
Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Australia has a serious problem in low participation in higher education by students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Indigenous children from urban welfare dependent families, just like non-Indigenous children from similar welfare dependent backgrounds, have very low participation in higher education. The mainstream schools they attend – so called ‘sink’ schools – do not provide adequate primary and secondary education to enable these children to proceed to university.

Children from remote communities are even more disadvantaged because Indigenous schools in those communities fail to teach basic literacy and numeracy, let alone a full primary school curriculum. For these children, the chances of progressing to higher education are negligible.


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Submission to the Inquiry into Housing Affordability and Supply in Australia
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Housing in Australia is too expensive. Families on lower incomes cannot afford reasonable accommodation. Aspirations to home ownership are fading. (Section 1). A large body of international and Australian research finds that a major reason housing is so expensive is land use regulations. Claims that these restrictions preserve neighbourhood amenity are exaggerated and unrepresentative. (Section 2). Negative gearing and the…

Submission to the NSW Curriculum Review Interim Report Consultations
Fiona Mueller
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The NSW Government commissioned a review of the state’s curriculum in September, 2018, to be completed in early 2020. Led by Professor Geoff Masters, the NSW Curriculum Review was described as the first comprehensive review since 1989, the overarching aim being to ensure that the education system can prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Inquiry into measurement and outcome-based funding in New South Wales schools
Glenn Fahey
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The Portfolio Committee on Education in the NSW Legislative Council has set up an inquiry into measurement of outcomes in schools, and proposals for outcome-based funding. The inquiry has been prompted by school funding based on inputs failing to improve education outcomes — as CIS has long outlined, how money is spent is more important than how much is spent.…

Submission to NAPLAN Reporting Review 2019
Blaise Joseph, Jennifer Buckingham
18 March 2019

NAPLAN is a key element of government transparency and accountability There is very little evidence of widespread misuse or misinterpretation of data on the MySchool website. NAPLAN and My School are valued by parents and the public, and should be retained. While there may be room for some improvements their benefits outweigh the alleged negative impacts.