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2009 Structural Review of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training : delivering the goods



2009 Structural Review of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training : delivering the goods

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Ladwig and Sarra


Ladwig, James; Sarra, Chris


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Cover title. Report includes Northern Territory Government Media Release -" Education Restructure – Next Building Block for Excellence" by Paul Henderson.




Northern Territory -- Education

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Northern Territory Government

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66 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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. . . . . . .. . . 2009 Structural Review of NT DET Delivering the Goods 25 March 2009 16 The educational achievement gap of Indigenous students is mirrored by the make up of DET personnel. The total percentage of employment of Indigenous personnel in Corporate DET, according to data presented to the review, is 6.45% (74 positions out of a total of 1148). This clearly lags far behind the overall population of the Northern Territory. But the overall percentage of Indigenous personnel does not tell the full story. That is, Indigenous people are employed within DET are not only few, they are also disproportionally employed on lower classification levels than their mainstream counterparts. Figure 3 below presents one example of this just from within the AO positions of Corporate DET. DISITRBUTION OF IINDIGENOUS PERSONNEL BY LEVEL - AO POSITIONS 0.00% 5.00% 10.00% 15.00% 20.00% 25.00% 30.00% 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 % of INDIGENOUS % of OVERALL Figure 3: Percentage of Indigenous personnel by level in AO positions As can be seen from the chart in Figure 3, the percentage of AO positions held by Indigenous staff are disproportionally low level AO positions (mostly AO 2), as compared to the overall distribution of AO positions. Correspondingly, Indigenous personnel are markedly underrepresented in the top-level AO8 position. This distribution is even more marked in Executive Officer positions. Of the 59 EO positions in Corporate DET, only three are Indigenous (0.5 %), and all of these Indigenous Executive Officers are on the bottom, EO1, level. The percentage of Indigenous personnel in DET clearly does not match its student population. According to the 2008 DET Annual report, Indigenous students made up 41.7% of the government preschool population, 46.4% of the government primary school population, and 37.4% of the government secondary school population. Projections within DET suggest that the overall proportion of Indigenous students in government schools will reach 50% within a decade. This mismatch, the under-representation of Indigenous people in the educational system of the Northern Territory, requires immediate re-dress, if the system hopes to address its educational challenges. Taking all these current factors into consideration, the future pressures confronting NT-DET are clear. With current population projection in the Northern Territory indicating an increase in the overall percentage of its Indigenous population, the expansion of regional centres