The Australian Government has invited applications for the next round of the Indigenous Languages and Arts Program that supports projects that preserve, promote and celebrate cultural expression through Australian Indigenous languages and arts. Applications close on 11 February 2019 and the guidelines and application form is available on the GrantConnect website at: https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=041F07E8-C68E-A9C4-66147CFA9F844449
The Victorian Government has announced a new action plan to support First Peoples’ culture, cultural expression and creative practice. The First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries 2018-2020, developed in consultation with Victoria’s first peoples, includes 21 actions to improve equity and cultural recognition. It forms part of the government’s Creative State strategy which commits to strengthening and growing Victoria’s creative industries. Further details on the action plan are available at: https://creative.vic.gov.au/about/first-peoples-action-plan-for-the-creative-industries
Applications are invited for the 2018-2019 Indigenous Languages and Art Grant program. The program, which supports projects that include indigenous communities in project planning design and delivery, and express indigenous cultures through language and art, closes on 14 May 2018. Lodgement information is available at: https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=5A8B3822-0C7B-4208-B67BE53684950F67
In what is believed to be ‘the first national strategy of its kind’, Universities Australia has released an indigenous strategy which aims to increase the numbers of indigenous students, academics and graduates in higher education, and improve the inclusion of indigenous knowledges, culture and educational approaches in non-indigenous people. While the report acknowledges that “Universities will differ in how they approach this, but it may involve the development of formal graduate attributes, discrete units of study, and campus or off-campus experiences or other activities” all universities are expected to develop and implement local strategies, in partnership with local communities, to achieve a set of ambitious targets:
- maintain institutional growth rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ enrolment that are at least 50 per cent above the growth rate of non-Indigenous student enrolment, and ideally 100 per cent above;
- aim for retention and success rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students equal to those of domestic non-Indigenous students in the same fields of study by 2025, and
- aim to achieve equal completion rates by field of study by 2028.
The strategy can be downloaded from: https://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/Media-and-Events/media-releases/Universities-unveil-indigenous-participation-targets