On a warm spring evening, on an open terrace, Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia came into being through the cleansing smoke of local Aboriginal performers from Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Group. 

In opening the 2019 National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chairperson, Anthony Bennett, spoke about the decision Boarding Australia had taken to do ‘Whatever it Takes!’.

‘We have repositioned and reshaped who we are to be an effective leadership organisation with a particular focus on closing the education gap,’ Bennett said.

‘Boarding Australia is now Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia.’ 

The new name brings Indigenous students who study away from their homes in regional and remote Australia into focus with the commitment to support closing the Indigenous education gap through boarding.

Written by CEO, Greg Franks

Nunukul Yuggera with Tessa Benveniste and John Guenther
Nunukul Yuggera smoking ceremony at the opening of the 2019 Symposium 
Anthony Bennett opening the 2019 Symposium and launching Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia

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