FNQ Region

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

How we are helping to close the gap in FNQ schools

It is a goal of all areas of government across Australia to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people – in life expectancy, health, employment, education and early childhood.

Our responsibility is for employment, education, training and early childhood. It is by improving Indigenous students’ education that we can yield real improvements in their personal well-being as well as economic income.

In Far North Queensland we recognise that there are many things that contribute to a good education:


Before they ever see a school or a teacher, children learn from their families. Families as First Teachers (FAFT) is a program developed in North Queensland which brings families and schools together in partnership. Read about Familes as First Teachers

A friendly school

If students are to flourish at school, they must feel at home. Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Schools (EATSIPS) is a program that helps schools to be welcoming and inclusive. Read about EATSIPS

Recognition and encouragement

In the Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow program students develop the skills that enable them to be effective leaders in their schools, families and communities. Read about Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow

Clear pathways

We are committed to helping 100 per cent of students in our state schools enter university or attain a clear training pathway, or find paid employment of 25+ hours per week. Read about Pathways to JCU


Contact Us

Department of Education and Training Far North Queensland

  • Telephone: (07) 4037 3822
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