Welcome to the continuation of a legacy

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.

The Former Origin Greats (FOGS) ARTIE (Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education) Academy assists to ‘Close the Gap’ in educational outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their non-Indigenous peers.  It provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attending Queensland Schools the opportunity to participate in a program that encourages and rewards improvements in school attendance, behaviour, academic achievement, effort and ultimately Year 12 attainment or its equivalent.

Founded in 2010 and named in honour of the most significant Former Origin Great, Arthur Beetson OAM, the ARTIE Academy is more than just an education program. It is a living testament to the first Indigenous captain of an Australian sporting team. A man who fought with courage for his people to be acknowledged, respected and valued as first Australians.  A man who was resolute in his beliefs about the absolute need for young Indigenous Australians to be educated, to finish school and to be employed.

Using innovative approaches to capture the attention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, the ARTIE Academy aims to operate with and create high expectations for effort, behaviour, achievement and commitment.  ARTIE is an Academy that students are proud to be a part of. An Academy that believes students can achieve to the best of their ability. An Academy that will support them in times of need, but not accept excuses for a lack of commitment.  The ARTIE Academy’s fundamental vision is to inspire its participants, encourage and inform students of their progress, celebrate their successes and provide academic assistance in literacy and numeracy through the ARTIE Academy Tutoring Program.


The ARTIE Academy is an initiative of the Queensland Former Origin Greats and funded by the Australian Government.