ALPA is pleased to announce that in mid-November National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) announced it was renewing our Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) Contract to continue to deliver the RSAS program at our 5 sites.

ALPA has delivered this service across communities since 2013. Our remote teams are led by our Community Governance committees, these committees are made up of community leaders, and other stakeholders.

In late 2020 we introduced our Facebook followers to one of our Ramingining RSAS Supervisors- Evonne Durrunga.

During our initial conversation, Evonne had told us that “I love my job because it is so important for children to attend school every day. Talking and supporting families to send their children to school still makes me smile"

We recently caught up with Evonne again and asked her what having the RSAS program refunded means to her and her community.

“Having the government decide to continue this program is a great idea for everyone, it is a hard job and it can take a lot of time to talk to children and families, we (community members and the RSAS team) are the best people to do this work.

“I have worked with the RSAS team since 2014 and have seen many times that the team have successfully reengaged with the school. The power of education for our youth is the key for the rest of their life. It is important that we continue to encourage families that need some extra support to understand this message”

“This program also gives jobs to 15 community members, these jobs mean that 15 families are getting fed and having pride from this work”

I would like to thank my team for their hard work and acknowledge that we have lots of work to still do, I would also like to thank the NIAA for giving us an extension.