Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education

The Independent Review into Regional, Rural, and Remote Education (the Regional Education Review) is considering the key challenges and barriers that affect students' learning outcomes, including transitions to and success in further study, training and work.

The Regional Education Review is part of the Australian Government's commitment to improve the education of country students so they can reach their full potential and participate in Australia's economy.

Emeritus Professor John Halsey of Flinders University is leading the Regional Education Review, with the final report and recommendations due to the Australian Government by the end of 2017.

Professor Halsey began his career as a teacher and was a principal of two schools in South Australia. He has extensive knowledge and experience in rural and remote education, and is passionate about the sustainability of rural schools and communities.

The Regional Education Review will consider the educational outcomes of regional, rural, and remote students, and recommend new ways in which the Government can support them to succeed in school, and in their transition to further study, training, and employment.

Read the Regional Education Review's Terms of Reference.

Public submissions and forums

Professor Halsey has prepared a discussion paper on key educational challenges, and issues that affect the learning outcomes of students in regional, rural and remote communities. It poses questions to stimulate ideas about how education outcomes for these students could be improved.

While submissions have closed, if you still wish to make a submission, or if you have questions, please email

Stakeholder consultations

Building on the findings of the public submissions, Professor Halsey led face-to-face consultations between July and October 2017 with key stakeholders, including representatives from the education community, families, employers/employer groups, relevant government agencies and the philanthropic sector.

Community forums were held in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, and Victoria, for people to find out more about the Review, have a say about the challenges faced by country students living in these areas, and discuss new ideas and approaches.

Final report

A final report will be submitted to the Australian Government Minister for Education and Training by the end of 2017. 

Publishing submissions

The department reserves the right to publish any submissions, including only a sample of submissions, made in relation to the Regional Education Review. This includes by making those submissions publicly available on the department's website, or through any report/s arising from the Regional Education Review.

Before publication, your home address, email, and contact number, if provided with your submission, will be removed. But your name will be published with your submission.

Any information about individuals contained in your submission, and the address of any organisation you represent, if included, will be published.

The department reserves the right to amend or redact before publication, or to not publish, any submission if it considers the submission to be defamatory or derogatory.

The department also reserves the right to modify or adapt submissions for the purposes of web accessibility, and any publishing formatting requirements.

You may elect not to have your submission published. If you do not want to have your submission published, do not tick the relevant box on the submissions page.

Privacy policy and contact

For further information about the department's privacy policy, and how it deals with information, including how you can access or correct your personal information, see our privacy policy.

For any queries relating to this privacy notice and terms and conditions for submissions, the review, or your submission, contact the Regional Education Review Secretariat at