Indigenous Higher Education Review

Improving Indigenous Access and Outcomes in the Higher Education Sector

The growth of Aboriginal students in higher education between 2001 and 2011 was 20%. Despite this, in 2013, Aboriginal students choosing higher studies only make up 1.3% of all students, and are also likely to be older than their peers.

In April 2011, the Federal Government announced a Review of the Indigenous Higher Education Sector in order to improve access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the sector. The Panel of Review was chaired by Professor Larissa Behrendt.

Cox Inall Ridgeway was engaged to conduct consultation specifically with non-education sector stakeholders in order to assist the Panel in reaching a broader audience. The diverse group of participants captured the views of industry, key peak and influential bodies, as well as the views of key individuals.

The outcome of this consultative process was the identification of four key themes: cultural awareness; support; coordination between secondary and tertiary; and, course structure.

Key findings and insights from the review informed the development of a strategic framework that would collectively address issues around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access and outcomes in the Indigenous higher education sector.

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