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Closing the Gap Indigenous Education Grants


CTG - Indigenous Education provides supplementary Indigenous-specific funding to schools for schools to implement place-based strategies to 'Close the Gap' as determined by the following targets.

The national Indigenous targets are:

The departmental Indigenous headline targets

The targets are:

The Year 3 reading and numeracy 2012 target has been disaggregated to provide regional targets which are:

Expenditure guidelines

To provide for future data extraction, expenditure is to be recorded in OneSchool against OneSchool cost centre/s LSU*, SSU* and/or WSU*, where * is a school determined character A-Z or a number 0-9. This 'SU' coding logic should not be used for other school program budgets.

CTG - Indigenous Education funds are to be used by schools to invest in the following initiatives that have been identified to provide a small number of targeted initiatives for regions and schools to adopt and modify where necessary to meet their specific place-based needs.

These initiatives and associated priority areas are designed as proactive interventions (deliberately intervening in order to influence future retention and attendance and prevent undesirable education outcomes). They identify what the system or whole school can do to maximise learning rather than concentrating on or waiting for poor education performance.

It is intended that this is the definitive list of initiatives that schools will undertake using these supplementary specific Indigenous education funds.

The intent of the initiatives will not change; however, at a school level the scope will vary depending on the school's unique circumstances and with that the level of investment.

Lines of service - foundation learning with a focus on literacy and numeracy

Initiatives/priority areas include:

Lines of service - health and physical activity as a precondition to learning

Initiatives/priority areas include student health and wellbeing.

Lines of service - participation to employment

Initiatives/priority areas include:

Lines of service - culture and enterprise

Initiatives/priority areas include culture and engagement.

Duration of program


Policy reference

Closing the Gap Education Strategy

Closing the Gap Indigenous Education Grants (YNSU) Adobe PDF document

Allocation of funds

Funds will be allocated to regions to distribute to schools based on the proposed strategies the schools plan to implement.

Some regions will be distributing funds and in other regions schools will receive their school grant based on semester 1 allocation.

Payment details

Payment details for Closing the Gap
Payment During month of Proportion of allocation paid
Semester 1 March 50% of annual allocation
Semester 2 August 50% of annual allocation

Performance reporting

Principals are to report on student outcomes as part of performance meetings with Executive Directors Schools, Regional Executive Directors and Assistant Director-General Indigenous Education and Training as appropriate.


Please contact your Regional Finance Manager.

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