Stars Board Member Honoured

Stars is proud to be governed by an exceptionally talented, Indigenous-led Board of Directors, one of whom was recognised in the recent Australia Day Honours list.

Graham Goldsmith AO was made a Member of the Order of Australia in January for ‘Distinguished service to the community through philanthropic foundations, to education, and to the banking and employment sectors.’

In accepting the honour, Graham said, “It is humbling to think that the work I have done is worthy of both nomination and recognition.”

“I strongly believe that education lifts people up and one of the things I do is help to improve the lives of Indigenous girls and women. My philanthropy, and the work I have done, has helped me get involved and helped me to find ways to improve society.”

“I believe in putting in time, pursuing your passion, and the importance of education.”

Stars CEO and Founder Andrea Goddard said, “Stars is grateful for Graham’s significant contribution to the organisation’s governance and sustainability, both as a Board Member and as a private funder of our work.”

“He is such a passionate believer in the value of education and has a real commitment to improving health and education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women.”

Celebration Trip for Nhulunbuy Stars

Our Nhulunbuy Year 12 Stars returned home from their end-of-year celebration trip to the Gold Coast with vibrant memories and much excitement about the future.

A highlight was a visit to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for a tour with Indigenous student mentors from the Oodgeroo Unit, the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success unit, which provides admission pathways and support for Indigenous people.


Stars is Closing the Gap – 96% Year 12 Completion Rate in 2017

Stars is continuing to close the gap in education outcomes, with 96 per cent of our senior girls completing Year 12 in 2017. This is a stunning achievement, particularly when you consider the overall national rate of Year 12 completion for Indigenous people was as low as 65.3 per cent in 2016. The figure was even lower in the Northern Territory at just 39.1 per cent (Closing the Gap Report 2018).

Read our newsletter to find out more about the great outcomes our program is achieving with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

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