The WA Aboriginal Education and Training Council (WAAETC) was established in 1995 in response to recommendations of a Western Australian government inquiry into Aboriginal social justice.
The Department of Education Services (DES) has historically entered into a Funding Agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia for the provision of funds for the WAAETC. The funding was provided under the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000 (Cwlth). DES provided in-kind support including the provision of office space for AETC staff and a broad range of corporate services.
The WAAETC was informed on 10 December 2014 that Commonwealth funding would not continue. With no alternate funding source, the WAAETC ceased operations in February 2015.
The Western Australian Government continues to work through the Aboriginal Affairs Cabinet Sub-Committee and the Aboriginal Affairs Coordinating Committee (AACC) to reduce duplication, drive better coordination and collaboration in Aboriginal affairs, and ensure that the top levels of State Government have a real and lasting commitment to proactive policy and achieving positive impacts in Aboriginal affairs.
The AACC has 5 issues-based sub-committees on Aboriginal Education, Health and Mental Health, Regional and Remote Communities, Economic Development and Governance, and Families, Youth and Children. Information about the work of the AACC can be found on the website of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
The contributions of all those who contributed to the work of the WAAETC over the two decades since its inception is acknowledged and appreciated.
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