The development of the Strategy builds on the Government's response to the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education (the Halsey Review). Recommendation 11 of the review proposed that the government 'establish a national focus for regional, rural and remote education, training and research to enhance access, outcomes and opportunities in regional Australia'.
A Regional Education Expert Advisory Group was established to lead this work. The members of the Regional Education Expert Advisory Group were:
- The Hon Dr Denis Napthine, former Victorian Premier (Chair)
- Emeritus Professor Peter Lee, former Vice Chancellor Southern Cross University
- Ms Caroline Graham, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Skills Training
- Ms Meredith Wills, former Director, Geraldton Universities Centre.
The Advisory Group provided their final report at the end of June 2019.
The Regional Education Expert Advisory Group released a framing paper on 20 December 2018 and invited public submissions. Submissions closed on 1 February 2019.