Public Sector Informant: We can do more for Indigenous students

By Leila Smith
Updated February 2 2021 - 12:51am, first published February 1 2021 - 4:30pm
The ATAR pathway is too rigid and narrow and is stifling the potential of many Indigenous students. Picture: Shutterstock

For the past 13 years, prime ministers have reported to Parliament on progress towards the Closing the Gap targets on First Nations outcomes as one of the first items of business. This year there are new targets developed in partnership with First Nations stakeholders. The revised education targets aim to have 96 per cent of First Nations people aged 20 to 24 complete year 12, and 70 per cent of First Nations people aged 25 to 34 years complete a tertiary qualification by 2031.