The very welcome news from NSW is that there are now 1165 Aboriginal teachers employed in New South Wales Public Schools, as of 3 March 2016.
This is a significant increase (16.5%) on the 1000 mark reached in 2014 and is largely due to the continuing efforts of the NSW Department of Education, who strive to improve the education and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people and their communities.
The department recognises the importance and value of employing Aboriginal teachers and leaders in schools and the impact these teachers can have on their students, parents and communities.
Of the 1165 teachers, 128 are in leadership roles – 3 Executive Principals, 25 Principals, 5 Deputy Principals, 29 Head Teachers and 66 Assistant Principals.
The department offers a number of scholarships specifically for Aboriginal Higher School Certificate (HSC) and university students and community members intending to enrol in university to train as either primary or secondary school teachers.
Go to https://teach.nsw.edu.au/getpaidtostudy/teacher-education-scholarship-aboriginal for more information and to register to receive an alert when applications open in 2016.