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Description of Site/Context

In 2009 the Greater Toowoomba Regional Advisory Committee to DEEWR commissioned us to conduct an investigation into Indigenous educational achievement and challenges in South West Queensland. The research was funded by DEEWR.

Conduct of Project      

The research used interviews, questionnaires and focus groups to identify the perceptions of parents, students, teachers, education workers and community members about Indigenous literacy and numeracy education in representative locations of South West Queensland. NAPLAN results were also examined.


A detailed report (Finding the Gaps: Navigating sustainable learning futures for Indigenous students, 421 pages) was written and recommendations for action were made in five major areas:

  • students’ perceptions about learning and themselves as learners,
  • teacher knowledge and understandings,
  • pedagogy and practices of school,
  • parent/carer roles and understandings about education, and
  • developing school community relationships.

Download a PDF of the report here

Two immediate actions took place as a result of the project. A charter for effective and practical collaboration on Indigenous education between State, Catholic and Independent school representatives was signed at the launch of the report and a Southern Regional Indigenous Taskforce on Education was formed to implement the Charter. You can download the press release on the signing of charter and charter here.

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