23 JANUARY 2020
The latest news and updates from Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia
National Indigenous Boarding Awards
Entries are now open and will close 24 February 2020. There are five Award categories:
  • Exceptional Cultural Connection by a Boarding School or Residence
  • Exceptional Contribution to the Community by an Indigenous Boarding Student
  • Excellence in the Provision of Indigenous Student Health & Wellbeing
  • Excellence in Indigenous Boarding & Education Leadership (Individual or organisation)
  • Exceptional Contribution to Indigenous Student Boarding (individual)
Nominations are easily completed online. Here are three simple tips to complete your nomination:
1. have a look at the entry form now
2. prepare your entry as a word file and collect supporting photos
3. copy your nomination answers into the online form and attach photos
Don’t leave your entry until the last minute!
The Awards will be presented at the National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium Awards Dinner sponsored by Cater Care in Geelong on Wednesday 18 March 2020. More details on the IEBA website.
Early-Early Bird ends in a few weeks
The last tier of Early Bird prices is only available until Feb 14. The first 20 registrations we received are now locked in for the Early Bird Prize giveaway to be drawn at the Awards Dinner. One lucky Early Bird will win back the cost of registration valued at $1,195.00.

For all registration and accommodation details visit our Symposium web page. Register now to add your voice to Shape a Standard.
The picturesque location of the Geelong Conference Centre and The Pier, host venue of the Awards Dinner.

Welcome Back
It has been less than a year since we unveiled our new name, Indigenous Education & Boarding Australia (IEBA), and our vision that all Indigenous students attain educational outcomes that enable them to be successful in their future choices.  
This is a significant ambition that can only be attained through positive changes enacted by the many stakeholders who influence the child’s education and care. These include parents and community, to boarding staff, teachers, school principals and leaders, as well as scholarship and transition agencies, healthcare providers and government policy and funding.
National Indigenous Cultural Boarding Standard
When we held the 2nd National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium in March 2019 we heard that it is great to explore the challenges, but wouldn’t it be good to move to action. That is why the 2020 Symposium – Setting a Standard will be the commencement of the development of a National Indigenous Cultural Boarding Standard. We invite you to have a say in the founding principals and structure of the standard at the Symposium in Geelong from 17-19 March.
Indigenous Voices in Boarding
Listening to voices of Indigenous families of boarding students has often been in the past too hard or one way. In 2020 IEBA is seeking to develop an Indigenous Voices in Boarding network with a voice at the local level – the boarding school, at a regional level – facilitated regional conferences, and at a national level – a representative annual conference. This model will work most effectively if the 150 boarding schools and residences with Indigenous boarders engage with the parents of their students.
In 2019 the Boarding: investing in outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students report prepared by Grant Thornton for the National Indigenous Australians Agency clearly documented the financial stress being experienced by the boarding providers reviewed in the report. IEBA are spearheading a campaign for an immediate increase in funding in 2020 for these boarding providers, but also to find long term solutions to this perennial funding problem.
IEBA Membership
If you support our vision, we need you to get involved in our activities in 2020 and support IEBA by becoming a member. Membership for an organisation is only $330 and will show your support for Closing the Indigenous education gap. It will also provide you with generous discounts to our events and training, including the Symposium. Read more on our Membership web page.

Greg Franks

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Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Australia and the Torres Strait Islands and their continuing connection to the land, waters, and community.  We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities and their cultures and to elders both past, present and emerging.
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