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Meeting Communique: Indigenous Advisory Council, October 2014

Meeting Communique: Indigenous Advisory Council, October 2014

Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Advisory Council
Thursday, 23 October 2014

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The former Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, met with the Indigenous Advisory Council on 23 October 2014. This was the Prime Minister's fifth meeting with Council and he was joined by the former Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, and the Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP.

The Council discussed the importance of children attending school and ways to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous children. Council provided feedback on further ways to improve school attendance, building on the success of the Remote School Attendance Strategy. They underlined the importance of promoting quality teaching in remote schools through recruitment incentives, partnerships with city schools, and professional development for Aboriginal Education Workers.

Council also discussed the importance of parent and family engagement and the need to explore ways to better engage Indigenous girls in schooling.

The Council discussed in detail the feedback on the feasibility of Creating Parity – The Forrest Review from the consultation process. Council also provided further feedback on the first Indigenous Advancement Strategy grant funding round.

Council heard directly from Ms Lani Brennan, author of "Lani's Story Not a victim. A survivor." who shared her experience of dealing with family violence, giving a powerful message about surviving and rebuilding lives after violence. Council also welcomed the presentation by Dr Don Weatherburn on the drivers of poor community safety outcomes and high levels of Indigenous incarceration. Council particularly noted the importance of early intervention and prevention initiatives that have been shown to work and the value of pathways away from re-offending such as training for jobs while in detention.

The Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council is a directly appointed, non-representative group which provides advice to the Prime Minister on Indigenous issues.