Ongoing funding for Indigenous workers in Aboriginal Independent Community Schools.

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The federal government is poised to cut millions of dollars in funding to Aboriginal Independent Community Schools, as they transition away from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. The funding has been offered for over a decade in order to employ Indigenous staff in a range of jobs. These jobs include:

- Indigenous language teachers

- Aboriginal Teaching Assistants

- Cooks

- Cleaners

- Groundspeople

- Receptionists

These jobs are vital for the ongoing success of children in these schools. Aboriginal workers provide daily support through language translation, behaviour management, lesson planning, promotion of healthy lifestyles, cleaning classrooms, liaising with community members and ensuring that teachers, principals and students are supported on a daily basis.

Without this funding, school workers in Yiyili, Yakanarra, Frog Hollow, Kulkarriya, Nyikina Mangala and Wulungarra are at risk of losing their jobs. This will have a detrimental effect not only on the students that these workers support every day, but also the wider community, as it will remove crucial wages from family groups and put livelihoods at risk.

Given the important work that has already been done in these schools, it is crucial that the federal government re-commit to extending this funding for years to come. Through ongoing funding we can continue to exact generational change in these communities, providing quality education to children so that they are future leaders in the community.