A new Aboriginal affairs plan called OCHRE – Opportunity, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment – includes reforms to support more Aboriginal students to stay at school and transition to work; builds local decision making skills in communities and ensures government and community are more accountable for how money is spent.
The NSW Government will roll out initiatives in selected communities to be evaluated ahead of a wider rollout including:
- Opportunity Hubs to provide school students pathways to real jobs by getting local employers involved in career planning early on at school.
- Aboriginal language and culture nests to provide a continuous pathway of learning from pre-school to tertiary education for Aboriginal language learners and teachers, at school and at home.
- A Local Decision Making model to develop the decision making skills of local Aboriginal governance bodies to make decisions about local service delivery and take responsibility for their futures.
- A Connected Communities initiative that is changing the way educational services are delivered in 15 regional schools by working in partnership with Aboriginal communities.
Go to the Aboriginal Affairs website to view the OCHRE report.