No school, no funds : shared responsibility agreements and Indigenous education

de Plevitz, Loretta R. (2006) No school, no funds : shared responsibility agreements and Indigenous education. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 6(22), pp. 16-19.

View at publisher


Since their inception in 2003 as part of the Council of Australian Governments’ commitment to reconciliation, 187 Shared Responsibility Agreements (‘SRAs’) have been signed between the Federal Government, state and territory governments, ‘stakeholders’ and Indigenous communities or groups.[1] According to the Federal Government’s Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (‘OIPC’), SRAs are documents which ‘formalise what all the partners will agree to do… [to improve] outcomes for Indigenous people’.[2]

A substantial proportion of these SRAs appear to be concerned with education.[3] They cover a broad spectrum of activities including community elders providing culturally appropriate school programs, the use of schools as centres for extra-curricular activities, and transport for school students. The majority, however, focus on school attendance as a means of fulfilling Indigenous communities’ goals of an education for their youngsters.[4]

No government party negotiating an SRA has promised to deliver good education. Instead, offers turn on the tangible and countable: computers, swimming pools and buses. In exchange, governments want quantified outcomes such as better test results, high school completions and post-secondary enrolments. They are especially interested in increased attendance as a quantifiable indicator of ‘better education outcomes… for local children.’[5]

Impact and interest:

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 18824
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1328-5475
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2009 05:02
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:20

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page