The 2016 More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI) Final Report was publicly released today by the project sponsor, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The final report provides a comprehensive appraisal of the achievements against the stated outcomes of the Initiative.
I call on continued government leadership to build on these achievements and support stakeholders in implementing the report’s recommendations and ensure that the momentum and impact of progress made over the last five years is not lost.
Professor Peter Buckskin PSM FACE, Director: More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative
The final report recommendations build upon the external evaluation of the Initiative in 2015:
- Fund MATSITI or equivalent employment strategy for a further four years to sustain current initiatives and leverage investments to date
- Develop and launch a national campaign for promoting and marketing teaching as a career for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Increase the profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers as leaders through bold affirmative action strategies that provide leadership development, succession planning and targeting of suitable leadership positions to be filled by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
- Work with public, Catholic and independent education sectors, and universities to develop culturally safe recruitment and employment practices that enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and teacher education students to identify; and effective systems for storing and reporting de-identified study and employment data
- Forge stronger links between all Australian universities’ schools of education and Indigenous Higher Education Centres; respond to research findings on reasons for the low completion rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher education students; and implement effective retention strategies to maximise the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher graduates