National School Reform Agreement Consultation Paper

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The Expert Panel for the Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System invites stakeholders to make a submission to the National School Reform Agreement (NSRA) Consultation Paper outlining some of the key challenges and opportunities facing the Australian education system.

The Consultation Paper covers the five key areas outlined in the Terms of Reference:

  • What targets and reforms should be included in the next NSRA to drive real improvements in student outcomes, with a particular focus on students who are most at risk of falling behind and in need of more assistance - for students from low socio-economic backgrounds, regional, rural and remote Australia, students with disability, First Nations students and students from a language background other than English.
  • How the next agreement can contribute to improving student mental health and wellbeing, by addressing in-school factors while acknowledging the impact of non-school factors on wellbeing.
  • How the next agreement can support schools to attract and retain teachers.
  • How data collection can best inform decision-making and boost student outcomes.
  • How to ensure public funding is delivering on national agreements and that all school authorities are transparent and accountable to the community for how funding is invested and measuring the impacts of this investment.

The Expert Panel will deliver their Final Report to all Education Ministers by 31 October 2023. The recommendations of the Expert Panel will inform negotiations for the next National School Reform Agreement to drive improvements for all students, especially those in need of additional support.

Submissions close 11.59pm (AEST) on 2 August 2023.

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Find out more about the Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System Consultation