Independent review into regional, rural and remote education

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Country students will be the focus of an independent review into regional, rural and remote education. The review will consider the key challenges and barriers that impact on students’ learning outcomes, including transitions toward, and success regarding, further study, training and employment.

The review will be led by Emeritus Professor John Halsey of Flinders University.

The final report and recommendations will be provided to the Government by the end of 2017.

The review is part of the Turnbull Government’s election commitment to improve the education and preparation of country youth to develop into their best selves and fully participate in the 21st century economy.

On 2 March 2017, the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, announced the appointment of Emeritus Professor John Halsey to lead the review.

Professor Halsey commenced 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 review will consider the educational outcomes of regional, rural and remote students and recommend new, different and innovative ways in which the Government can support these students to succeed in school and in their transition to further study, training and employment. Read the review's Terms of Reference.

Public Submissions and Forums

The review would like to hear of your experiences and feedback about education in regional, rural and remote contexts.

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

Submissions have closed, however, if you still wish to make a submission, please email IRRRRESubmissions@education.gov.au.

If you have any queries about the review please contact the Review Secretariat at IRRRRESecretariat@education.gov.au.

Stakeholder Consultations

Building on the findings of the public submissions, Professor Halsey will lead face-to-face consultations over July to October 2017 with the breadth of organisations, institutions and people passionate about regional, rural and remote education. These will include representatives from the education community, families, employer groups and the philanthropic sector.

A series of community forums are being held across the country.

These forums are part of the public consultation process for Australians in regional, rural and remote areas to find out more about the review and to have a say about the challenges faced by students living in these areas. More importantly, the forums provide an opportunity to discuss new ideas and approaches that can help students in school and in their transition to further study, training and employment.

Upcoming forums

Forums have been held in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria. We will soon be holding forums in the following locations:

Northern Territory

  • Yirrkala
    • Community Forum on Monday 23 October 9.30 am – 11.30 am
      Address: Yirrkala School – Open hall
      Rankine Road, Yirrkala
       
    • Youth Forum on Monday 23 October 11.45 am – 12.30 pm
      Address: Yirrkala School - Open hall
      Rankine Road, Yirrkala

Western Australia

  • Karratha
    • Community Forum on Tuesday 31 October 10.45am to 1.45 pm
      Address: Welcome Lotteries House
      7 Morse Court, Karratha

View the discussion paper to find out more about the review.

Light refreshments will be provided at the forums. Please RSVP your interest for community forums in Northern Territory by COB Thursday 19 October and for the forum in Western Australia by COB Thursday 26 October to IRRRRESecretariat@education.gov.au.

The final report and recommendations will be provided to the Government by the end of 2017.