According to a report on Australian schools issued today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students is at a record high.
The report shows 200,563 students identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in 2015, an increase of 4.2 per cent on 2014.
The figure is nearly 50% higher than the 135,097 figure reported in 2005. The report also shows that, for the first time, three out of five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who started secondary school in Year 7/8 continued through to Year 12 in 2015. The rate was higher for females (65 %) than males (56 %).
ABS spokesman Patrick Corr said “The increases have been greater in recent years, in part due to the success of programs to improve identification and data collection strategies for this group of students,”