Boarding Australia hosted the first National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium at the Canberra Rex Hotel on March 27th and 28th, 2018.

Driven by the release of recent reports the Symposium focussed on the issues of Child Protection, The Power of Education and Studying Away.

We will collate and publish the outcomes of the Symposium and please see below the items that are currently available to download.



Tuesday 27 March

Keynote Presentation – Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM – The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – Learnings and Challenges from the Royal Commission (1MB)

Wednesday 28 March
Keynote Presentation – Geneveive Hassall, Adviser, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Study Away Review. (4.5MB)

Keynote Presentation – Richard Stewart, Manager, Transition Support Service, Queensland Education Department. The future needs of boarding for remote Indigenous students. What do we know, what’s coming next and what do we need to do now. (1.4MB)

Common Themes and Priorities identified by the Workshop Groups over the two days (0.15MB)

Additional Resources
Response to Symposium Common Themes and Priorities, John Guenther, Marnie O’Bryan, Richard Stewart, Tessa Benveniste, Bill Fogarty and David Mander.

Study Away Review Fact Sheet, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.


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