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Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia is hosting regular webinars to raise awareness of the Indigenous student boarding sector and issues that impact on Indigenous education. These webinars are information packed to help you to improve outcomes for your Indigenous students. Webinars are either free or discounted for IEBA members.


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The response by boarding schools and residences to the coronavirus has been rapid and Indigenous students from remote communities have been rushed back to their worried families before communities are closed. The response from government has also been rapid as they have reacted to support the movement of students earlier than the scheduled end of term.

A commitment made to delegates in an online session on ABSTUDY and the Coronavirus at the 3rdNational Indigenous Education & Boarding Symposium was to continue the discussion as government policy became clearer and schools had time to consider how they would continue to support their students education.

The 3rd webinar with the Department of Social Services and Services Australia is scheduled for Thursday 30 April at 12.00pm AEST (NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD – 11.30am SA, NT  – 10am WA) to share the responses of State and Federal governments and open the dialogue about how the boarding sector is responding.

Please register for this important webinar at TRYBOOKING


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Better Boarding Webinar #5
Investing in Indigenous Boarding

The provision of boarding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students can be costly as students present with a range of support needs that are not necessarily funded through ABSTUDY or other funding mechanism.

On 25 September the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) released the review undertaken into the investment in support for Indigenous secondary boarding by Grant Thornton Australia. Join this webinar to hear lead author of the review, Anthony Beven, Partner, Indigenous Advisory, Grant Thornton discuss the findings and recommendations in the report that confirmed that many Indigenous boarding providers are under financial stress.

This independent analysis of the existing investment in support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students attending boarding compared 27 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boarding providers, providing boarding for approximately 1,900 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students, against 23 mainstream boarding providers.

The report is available for download from the NIAA website.

A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here Webinar 5 – Grant Thornton presentation.

Tuesday 19 November, 12.30pm AEST – check your local times)

IEBA Member – Free (code required)

Non-Members – $22 (or click here to Join IEBA)


Better Boarding Webinar #4

ABSTUDY – Addressing Key Themes and Issues

ABSTUDY workshops have been held throughout Australia to help boarding schools and residences develop a better understanding of ABSTUDY systems, implement changes introduced through the 2018 budget measures and develop the knowledge and skill necessary to receive full ABSTUDY entitlements.

At these workshops boarding school staff asked many questions of the Department of Social Services and Department of Human Services that couldn’t be answered at the time. These departments have taken time to address the key themes and issues raised in the workshops. These issues you raised will be considered in future policy reviews of these arrangements.

Hear from the Department of Social Services and the Department of Human Services as they address your unanswered ABSTUDY questions.

If you attended the Workshops this webinar will help complete your ABSTUDY journey.

If you missed the Workshops, but want to know more about ABSTUDY this webinar is a good place to start your journey.

Tuesday 17 September, 2019
10.30AM WA
12.00PM SA/NT
Duration: 45 minutes.

Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia members – FREE.
IEBA ABSTUDY Workshop Participants FREE ( a booking code will be emailed to registered participants )
Non-Members – $22.00 (or click here to Join IEBA)

Better Boarding Webinar #3

Indigenous students from northern Queensland and the Northern Territory find their way into boarding schools and residences throughout Australia with the support of specialised transition services.

So what do transition services do? Who do they help? What do they do well? And how can they assist you?

Following the What’s Working in Boarding workshop held at the 2019 Indigenous Education & Boarding Symposium in Brisbane there was a lot of interest from boarding schools about transition services and how they can connect up with them to enrol and support Indigenous boarding students. Western Australian delegates openly expressed a desire for a WA transition service.

Hear Richard Stewart, State Program Manager of the Transition Support Services and Andrew Lloyd, Senior Transition Manager – South with the Transition Support Unit discuss the function of their respective services, the benefits they bring and the challenges they face, and how they assist boarding schools.

Tuesday 3 September, 2019
12.30PM WA
2.00PM SA/NT
Duration: 45 minutes.

Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia members – FREE.
Non-Members – $22.00 (or click here to Join IEBA)

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