Leslie Williams

Media releases from Leslie Williams, Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Education.

More than $73 million for reparations to Stolen Generations survivors

2 December 2016 - The NSW Government has reaffirmed its commitment to working with the Stolen Generations to address the trauma and harm from forced removal of Aboriginal children.


NSW first in Australia to protect Aboriginal languages

16 November 2016 - NSW will become the first state in Australia to introduce landmark legislation to protect traditional Aboriginal languages.


Hunter conference to strengthen Aboriginal-Government partnerships

13 November 2016 - More than 140 local Aboriginal leaders and government representatives will gather in the Hunter Valley to discuss how they can work together more closely and effectively.


NSW Government supports Koori Knockout

30 September 2016 - The NSW Government welcomes the 46th Koori Knockout to Sydney this October long weekend and will provide $57,000 for transport, a stall and an Elder's tent.


$115M funding boost to make early childhood education more affordable

14 September 2016 - In what will be the largest single fee reduction in NSW history, the NSW Government is cutting preschool fees by an average of 30 per cent to encourage more parents to enrol their


Celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day

7 September 2016 - The NSW Government is committed to boosting Aboriginal literacy and supporting the revitalisation of Aboriginal languages.


New framework a landmark step change in land agreement negotiations

23 August 2016 - NSW Government enters historic partnership with NSW Aboriginal Land Council to develop a new framework to speed up and negotiate better Aboriginal land claim outcomes.


New Orange preschool gives kids the best start

15 August 2016 - Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams visited Orange today to officially open the CareWest Preschool.


Hillvue bridges preschool to primary divide

8 August 2016 - Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today opened an innovative pilot program at Tamworth’s Hillvue Public School.


Aboriginal preschoolers celebrated at Parliament House

4 August 2016 - The importance of preschool will be highlighted at a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day event at Parliament NSW today.


Inaugural Aboriginal Student of the Year award winners arrive in Parliament House

3 August 2016 - NSW Aboriginal Student of the Year Award winners will arrive in Sydney today to attend a leadership forum in Parliament House and meet with inspirational Indigenous leaders.


NAIDOC Week: funding to help preserve Aboriginal languages

4 July 2016 - Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams today announced funding for six projects to preserve Aboriginal languages as NAIDOC Week celebrations kick off around the state.


Aboriginal communities to co-design healing forums

24 June 2016 - A series of forums across NSW will give Aboriginal communities the opportunity to discuss the need for healing informed practices with government agencies.


Aboriginal Affairs Minister apologises to Stolen Generations as she welcomes new report

23 June 2016 - Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams has made an apology to the Stolen Generations today as she welcomed the release of a new report.


Budget to boost early childhood education for low income and Aboriginal families

21 June 2016 - The 2016-17 NSW Budget includes funding of $150 million to support families access sustainable and quality preschool services across the State under the Preschool Funding Model.


$14 million to improve preschool access

12 May 2016 - The NSW Government will invest $14 million to ensure more children from regional and remote areas can access the benefits of preschool.


$8 million boost for community preschools

6 May 2016 - Families across NSW will benefit from an $8 million funding injection for capital works leading to up to 500 additional preschool places in areas of high need.


Western Sydney Aboriginal Centre for Excellence a step closer

21 April 2016 - Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today invited Expressions of Interest for the $20 million Western Sydney Aboriginal Centre for Excellence.


'Our Languages, Our Way' $200,000 Community Language Grants

18 March 2016 - Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today announced an additional round of grants to support the revitalisation of Aboriginal languages through community-lead initiatives


$24 million for preschool education in long day care centres

11 March 2016 - $23.6 million for long day care services to deliver preschool programs for four and five-year-old children in the year before school.


NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year

9 March 2016 - The inaugural NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year was announced this morning at the 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards.


Applications open for NAIDOC week celebrations

22 February 2016 - Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams has encouraged Aboriginal and community groups across NSW to take advantage of $200,000 in funding grants for NAIDOC Week 2016.


New out of school hours care services opening across NSW

10 February 2016 - The second phase of the $20 million Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) grants program is now open.


NSW Government celebrates Yabun Festival 2016

25 January 2016 - Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today announced a $10,000 grant to support Yabun Festival 2016.


Accreditation for early childhood teachers

12 January 2016 - Early childhood teachers will be accredited alongside their peers in NSW schools, further recognising them as professionals.


New national partnership agreement for early childhood education

13 November 2015 - Minister for Early Childhood Education welcomes the Commonwealth Government's offer of a new National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education.


$45.5 million boost to preschool funding

9 November 2015 - Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today announced programs worth $45.


OCHRE plan improving outcomes in Aboriginal communities

15 October 2015 - Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today released the OCHRE: Two Years On report, which highlights the progress of the NSW Government's plan for Aboriginal affairs.


$1.3 million for new rural and remote early childhood teaching scholarships

17 Septermber 2015 - Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today announced a $1.3 million scholarship program for early childhood teachers working in rural and remote locations.


Celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day

2 September 2015 Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today encouraged local communities to take part in Indigenous Literacy Day.


Education Week 2015: Celebrating local heroes

27 July 2015 - Acting Minister for Education Leslie Williams has encouraged parents and students to take part in Education Week, which runs from 27–31 July.


$20 million for long day care education

6 July 2015 - Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today announced a $20 million fund for Long Day Care services to offer preschool programs.


Scholarship program supporting early childhood teachers

18 June 2015 - Early childhood services across the State are benefitting from a NSW Government scholarship program to help early childhood teachers upgrade their qualifications.


Budget to provide for improved outcomes for Aboriginal communities

23 June 2015 - The 2015-16 NSW Budget includes $30 million for Aboriginal Affairs, including pathways to jobs and a Centre of Excellence in Western Sydney.


Budget provides significant boost for early childhood education

23 June 2015 - Early Childhood Education will receive $348 million in the 2015-16 NSW Budget to enable better access to preschool and improve the transition to school for students.


$20 million for before and after school care places

15 June 2015 - The 2015-16 NSW Budget includes a $20 million Before and After School Care Fund, which will ensure more Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) places are available from the beginning of 2016.


Scholarship program supporting early childhood teachers

18 June 2015 - Early childhood services across the State are benefitting from a NSW Government scholarship program to help early childhood teachers upgrade their qualifications, Minister for Early


NSW welcomes funding for preschools

3 May 2015 - The NSW Government has welcomed the Federal Government's decision to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education by a further two years.

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