Another $18 million committed towards combating truancy

THE Federal Government has committed an addition $18 million in funding to boost the Remote School Attendance Strategy to help ensure every child attends school every day.

The strategy aims to break the cycle of non-attendance and ensure parents and carers take responsibility for educating their children.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said on Sunday (Mar 23) 40 remote communities already benefit from school attendance officers on the ground working with parents and communities to improve school attendance rates.

"Attendance rates are up by 14% which equates to more than 600 additional students in school each day compared to last year," he said.

"An additional 30 communities across Australia will now benefit with a further 210 school attendance officers and 60 school attendance supervisors to be employed.

"School attendance officers encourage school attendance through a variety of measures, including walking or driving children to school, helping with school lunch preparation and organising uniforms."

Mr Scullion said the announcement brings total funding for the Remote School Attendance Strategy to $46.5 million.

"We will work with state and territory governments to identify schools with poor school attendance which will benefit most from this extended investment," he said.

"One of the worst forms of neglect is failing to give children the education they need for a decent life."



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