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    Not only is ITAS going (or has gone) – there is a directive (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Indigenous Advancement Strategy; Guidelines; July 2014) which advises:

    “The following activities also managed by the Department are not covered by the Children and Schooling programme, as they have separate guidelines or administrative arrangements.
    • Away from base for mixed mode delivery (supporting university and VET students who study at home but are required to also spend periods of time at institutions) – Section 13 of the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000. …”

    This means that, for example, tertiary level students who wish to keep working, but improve their understanding and their qualifications by studying through block release mode, will not be supported. It seems to me that this affects, in particular, the adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who missed out on educational opportunities in their childhood, and are now in the workforce.

    And I haven’t yet been able to find where the “separate guidelines or administrative arrangements” are. Anyone able to point me in the right direction?


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