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
Education Ministers have agreed a new national declaration on education goals for all Australians. Known as the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration (the Declaration), it sets out the national vision for education and the commitment of Australian Governments to improving educational outcomes.
Mparntwe (pronounced M-ban tua) is the Arrernte name for Alice Springs. The Aboriginal Arrernte (pronounced arrunda) people are the traditional custodians of Alice Springs and the surrounding region.
Building on the success and impact of the 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, Ministers agreed that education should continue to promote excellence and equity and enable all Australians to become conﬁdent and creative individuals, successful learners, and active and informed community members.
The Declaration includes some significant changes to ensure Australia’s education system continues to provide the best opportunities for young Australians in a rapidly changing world. The Declaration places students at the centre of their education by emphasising the importance of meeting the individual needs of all learners, and outlines education’s role in supporting the wellbeing, mental health and resilience of young people.
Reflecting the changing nature of education, the economy and work, the refreshed goals articulate the knowledge and skills required for the 21st century, the importance of learning throughout life from early childhood onwards, and the need for effective transitions between all stages of learning.
Ministers acknowledged the challenge of meeting the declaration’s ambitious goals and committed to delivering on the eleven areas for action which include supporting educators, strengthening early childhood education, promoting world-class curriculum and assessment and specific actions for the primary, middle and senior years of school.
Through the Declaration, Australian Governments also renewed their commitment to celebrating and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge and histories and ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are supported to imagine, discover and unlock their potential.
The Declaration was developed following extensive consultations around the country with young people, educators, education and training providers, parents, business and industry. The review received over 250 written submissions and over 900 people took part in consultation events and/or provided submissions.
Education Ministers would like to thank all those who contributed to the Review.
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