In June 2013, the NSW Department of Education and Communities was commissioned by MATSITI to develop a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Scoping Plan.
The Scoping Plan represents an opportunity for members of our national education community to strive together for the achievement of greatly improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
The Plan enables schools and school education jurisdictions, university schools of education, professional associations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and community leaders and their networks to develop a coordinated approach to increasing the number and capacities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in government and non-government schools throughout Australia.
The Scoping Plan also provides an provides a vehicle for taking forward National Collaborative Action 33 under the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) (now Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC)) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010-2014.
A report on progress towards National Collaborative Action 33 will be reported to Ministers at the end of 2013.
National Collaborative Action 33
MCEECDYA will develop a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educator Workforce Strategy to assist education providers to make progress towards an equitable ratio of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to students. The Strategy will support aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education leaders, include initiatives to attract more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians into the education workforce and bureaucracies and provide pathways through the workforce. The Strategy will also help to recognise and clarify the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education workers and support their professional development and career aspirations.