Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are engaged in high quality, culturally appropriate early childhood education in their early years.
By 2025, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enrolled in Year Before Fulltime Schooling (YBFS) early childhood education to 95 per cent.
This is an existing National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA) target. The target baseline is 20151 and it expires in 2025.
1 While the baseline for this target is 2015, comparable data is available from 2016. The ABS introduced significant changes to its data collection methodology in 2016. As a result of these changes, the data from 2016 onwards is not comparable to previous years’ data.
Baseline data for the target measure is presented below at a national level, and for each state and territory where available. This will show starting points for each target, by jurisdiction.
ABS (unpublished) Preschool Education, Australia 2018 (cat. no. 4240.0); ABS (2018) Australian Demographic Statistics, June 2018 (cat. no. 3101.0); ABS (unpublished) Births, Australia, 2018 (cat. no. 3301.0); ABS (2019) Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006 to 2031, Series B (cat. no. 3238.0); ABS (2019) Schools, Australia, 2018 (cat. no. 4221.0).
The chart shows the early childhood education enrolment rates for Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in Year before fulltime schooling programs and the Indigenous trajectory to reach the target by 2025.
National Indigenous Reform Agreement Performance Information Management Group; ABS (unpublished)
Preschool Education, Australia 2018 (cat. no. 4240.0); ABS (several issues)