Issue 1
Monday, 26 February 2018
Charles Darwin University
Dr Wendy Ludwig
Dr Wendy Ludwig

Three ways to improve Indigenous higher education

By Patrick Nelson

Three ways to improve Indigenous higher education

A Charles Darwin University research team that examined the history of Indigenous higher education in the Northern Territory has proposed a set of three recommendations that should inform future policy.

Director of Operations – Indigenous Leadership Dr Wendy Ludwig was a major contributor to the “NT Indigenous Higher Education Policy Review”, which examined the effectiveness of policies dating back more than 60 years.

“Essentially we wanted to identify which policies worked and which ones didn’t from Australia’s early policy approaches of assimilation and self-determination, through to today’s outcomes-oriented approaches,” Dr Ludwig said.

“This was in response to recognition of decades of research and program evaluations, and the persistent call from Indigenous advocates for the need to learn from history.”

The recommendations are:

* that the Australian Government establishes and funds an independent National Indigenous Education Committee to consult and provide specialist advice to government on matters relating to Indigenous education at all levels

* that the Northern Territory Government establishes and funds an independent NT Indigenous Education Consultative Group to provide specialist advice to the NT Minister for Education on all sectors of Indigenous education, and

* that CDU and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) explore opportunities to collaborate more effectively, particularly in the field of research.

The review was carried out by CDU’s Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership in collaboration with BIITE. It is available online at W: