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Remote School Attendance Strategy extended to keep kids in school

Remote School Attendance Strategy extended to keep kids in school

Indigenous Affairs Education Children and Schooling Programme Remote School Attendance Strategy
Tuesday, 05 February 2019

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Four children sitting on the floor with their teacher. They are drawing on paper.

As children across Australia return to class for another school year, the Australian Government has committed to continued support for the Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS).

The Government will invest $78.4 million to extend the program until 31 December 2021. It will also reform RSAS to make it more flexible and focused on families and communities.

Over the next three years, RSAS will be revamped to increase local decision making, and to enable community-led solutions for improved school attendance.

Since its inception, RSAS has created almost 500 remote jobs and the program will retain its focus on local job creation. The changes will reduce red tape and enable renewed focus on getting children into the classroom, and keeping them there.

In 2019, RSAS is expected to support 13,885 students and their families across 84 remote schools. The Australian Government is committed to working with state and territory governments, schools, communities, families and students to ensure children in remote areas get a good education. This is being done because being at school every day gives children the best chance for a good start in life.