The Australian Government is committed to ensuring Australia's schools are high quality and deliver the learning outcomes our children need to be successful learners.
While states and territories are responsible under the Australian Constitution for school education, the Australian Government plays an important role in providing national leadership across important policy areas, including quality teaching, boosting literacy and numeracy outcomes, and parental engagement.
The Government works closely with states, territories and the non-government sector to implement programs that will have the biggest impact on what and how our children learn. We also work closely with national education bodies to make the best use of their expertise and skills including:
- The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership which provides national leadership for Commonwealth, state and territory governments in promoting excellence in initial teacher education, school leadership and teaching.
- The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, which is an independent statutory authority that works to improve the learning of all young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.
- Education Services Australia which is a national, not-for-profit company owned by all Australian education ministers, and supports the delivery of national priorities and initiatives in the schools, training and higher education sectors.
On 2 May 2017, the Australian Government announced its Quality Schools package. Quality school education sets up Australia's children for a successful and fulfilling life. Combined with record levels of funding, the reforms in this package will help lift outcomes for students across Australia. By lifting outcomes, the government helps to secure Australia's economic and social prosperity – both now and in the future – and also helps students be the best they can be.
The focus on students will help achieve the goals set out in the Melbourne Declaration: that all young people in Australia should be supported to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.
Review of the Melbourne Declaration
The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (the Melbourne Declaration) sets out aspirational goals for educating young Australians as agreed by all education ministers in 2008. The Melbourne Declaration builds on the Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the 21st Century (1999) and the Hobart Declaration on Schooling (1989).
Over the past decade, the Melbourne Declaration has played a key role in shaping reform and defining foundational knowledge, skills and values, general capabilities and curriculum learning areas for Australia’s school system.
At the Education Council meeting on 14 December 2018, Ministers agreed to review the Melbourne Declaration and to develop, in 2019, a contemporary national declaration on educational goals for all Australians.
On 16 April 2019, a discussion paper was released on the Education Council website and a public submission process commenced. The public submission process closed on 14 June 2019. At the closing date, 142 submission had been received.
These submission will be used to inform the drafting of the next national declaration.
There will be opportunities for further input into the Review of the Melbourne Declaration from stakeholders throughout July and August via consultation sessions conducted around the country. Details of these consultations will be available shortly on the Melbourne Declaration Review website, which can be accessed on the Education Council website. Interested stakeholders can also register their interest on the website to receive updates on the Review.
The SchoolsHUB site is for schools, school systems and approved authorities to manage applications for programs.