Acknowledging The Work Of Koorie Educators

27 November 2015

Minister for Education James Merlino addressed the Koorie Conversations Conference today, acknowledging the critical role the Koorie Education Workforce plays in improving educational outcomes for children and young people.

In making Victoria the Education State, the Andrews Labor Government is committed to providing a great education for every child, in every community.

Development of the Education State agenda included consultations with Koorie communities, where Koorie people shared their education priorities. As a result of these consultations, the Labor Government is currently developing an Aboriginal Education Plan, which will be implemented as part of the Education State.

The Koorie Conversations Conference is being hosted by the Department of Education and Training’s North Eastern Victoria Region on Wurundjeri Country, on 26-27 November 2015.

It is the third conversations conference held since September 2014.

The conference brings together the Koorie Education Workforce, comprising 117 regionally based officers as well as central staff working in Koorie programs.

It is a chance to share innovations and showcase best practice models that support Koorie children, young people and their families through early childhood settings and schools.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“The conference’s theme, ‘Leading and collaborating best practice – to build and create collective responsibility’, captures essential aspects of the Education State agenda and the priorities identified in the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes.

“I want to recognise the critical role that the Koorie Education Workforce plays across the Department, and in our early years, schools and community settings to improve the educational outcomes of Koorie children and young people.

“An emphasis on high expectations – a central pillar of the Education State agenda – is key for lifting Koorie student achievement.”

Reviewed 10 February 2021

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