There is a serious gender imbalance in Indigenous educational support programs, where support for boys outweighs girls by 300%. Less than 30% of young Aboriginal women have completed Year 12 compared with 60% of other Australian women. Shooting Stars is working to close this gap.

Mary (real name withheld) is a Year 8 student at Meekatharra District High School who was a quiet and shy student, with a very poor school attendance rate of just 18% in 2016. She would often walk out of class, refuse to do her work and back chat to her teachers. She was invited to join Shooting Stars in 2017 and made many friends with other girls on the program. Shooting Stars staff provided one-on-one support; motivating Mary to remain in class, complete her schoolwork and developing her self-esteem. Within one term, Mary's school attendance improved dramatically to more than 80%.

Mary’s story is one of many success stories on the Shooting Stars program. Your donation to Shooting Stars will provide opportunities for more young Indigenous girls living in remote WA to remain in school, and a hope for a positive life.


Sandfire Resources is a community partner of Shooting Stars, and have been supporting our operations in Meekatharra since 2017.


Glass Jar Australia Limited

An initiative of Netball WA & Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars uses netball and other rewards to encourage Indigenous girls to attend school and engage in their education, while promoting their health and wellbeing. Through the Shooting Stars program, we aim to increase attendance rates at school, whilst creating pathways to employment.

Shooting Stars Program

  • Is an educational program, with its primary vision to increase school attendance rates for ATSI girls living in remote, rural and regional WA
  • Creates pathways towards higher education and employment and leadership
  • Is a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change
  • Along with education, Shooting Stars covers the areas of sport, health and wellbeing, mental health and equality for women
  • More than half the participants maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or above
  • 75% of Shooting Stars employees consist of Indigenous women.

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