The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework

On 19 October 2018, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, launched the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework.

The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework (the Wellbeing Framework) is a foundational document that will provide Australian schools with a vision and a set of guiding principles to support school communities to build positive learning environments, and to consider reviewing their current safety and wellbeing policies and support requirements.

The Wellbeing Framework provides school communities with best-practice advice on developing and implementing policies and support mechanisms to help all students from the first year of school to year 12. The five key elements of the Wellbeing Framework are:

  • Leadership: Principals and school leaders play an active role in building positive learning environment where the whole school community feels included connected, safe and respected.
  • Inclusion: All members of the school community are active participates in building a welcoming school culture that values, diversity, and fosters positive, respectful relationships.
  • Student Voice: Students are active participants in their own learning and wellbeing, feel connected and use their social and emotional skills to be respectful, resilient and safe.
  • Partnerships: Families and communities collaborate as partners with the school to support student learning, safety and wellbeing.
  • Support: School staff, students and families share and cultivate an understanding of wellbeing and support for positive behaviour and how this supports effective teaching and learning.

The Wellbeing Framework has been endorsed by Ministers of Education through Education Council with input from all states and territories, education authorities and a range of national and international experts. It is aligned to state, territory and other national wellbeing and safety initiatives and to the Australian Curriculum, the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and Principals. The Wellbeing Framework is based on evidence that recognises the strong linkages between student safety, wellbeing and learning outcomes. The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework and supporting resources are available for educators, parents and students on the Student Wellbeing Hub website.