We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands from across Queensland and pay our respects to the leaders both past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous people across the state.
Indigenous education in Queensland state schools includes the education of Aboriginal students and Torres Strait Islander students. It also embraces the education of all students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures of Queensland. A better understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal cultures and Torres Strait Islander cultures develops an enriched appreciation of Australia's cultural heritage, and can lead to reconciliation. This is essential to the maturity of Australia as a nation and fundamental to the development of an Australian identity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students represent more than 8 per cent of the total student population in Queensland state schools.
It is essential to equip the school workforce with appropriate cross-cultural skills, knowledge and understanding to cater for these students. The department's aspirations for Indigenous students are the same as for all Queensland students - we want strong students, strong results and strong futures. Improving the educational outcomes of Australia's Indigenous people is a priority for education both nationally and within Queensland. Every day, in every classroom, we want every student learning and achieving.