More Support For First Nations Students

The Hon Jason Clare MP
Minister for Education
The Hon Linda Burney MP
Minister for Indigenous Australians

The Albanese Government is providing funding to two First Nations organisations to support more students to succeed at school and beyond.

The Government is investing $4 million to support the GO Foundation's scholarships, which support Indigenous students to succeed in school and prepare for the workforce.

The Government is also investing an additional $4.5 million to support the Aurora Education Foundation's Redefining Indigenous Success in Education (RISE) initiative.

Since the GO Foundation's creation in 2009, it has awarded more than 1,700 scholarships to Indigenous young people across 100 schools and universities.

This funding will allow the GO Foundation to have deeper engagement with their students over the next four years. The GO Scholarship Program includes cultural workshops, access to wider opportunities including internships and help to cover educational costs.

The Aurora Education Foundation supports Indigenous high school students through tutoring, camps and mentoring programs. In 2024, the RISE program supported 541 students across 49 schools.

The funding will continue the Albanese Government's contribution to help the Foundation expand its RISE Indigenous education initiative from more than 450 students up to 800 students.

Today's announcement builds on the Government's commitment to work with Indigenous organisations and help First Nations students thrive in their education.

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