The National Assessment Program (NAP) is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools and the community determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes and developing the skills they need to live and work in a globalised world. The NAP is a major component of the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 2015, which is the basis for reporting on progress towards the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.
Under the National Innovation and Science Agenda’s Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM measure, a variety of initiatives will be introduced to increase the participation of all students and the wider community in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to improve their digital literacy.
The Australian Government is investing $5.1 million to pilot the P-TECH model in Australia. The P-TECH pilot is an innovative model of education-industry collaboration that provides students studying for their Senior Secondary Certificate with an industry supported pathway to a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree.
Extension of transition period for training products endorsed between September 2015 and March 2016
The transition to the Standards for Training Packages resulted in a temporary surge in the number of revised training products endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The peak of activity was between September 2015 and March 2016.
The Higher Education Infrastructure Working Group (HEIWG) was established to examine how universities support their teaching and research infrastructure requirements.
The findings and recommendations of the HEIWG report are being considered by Government as part of the Higher Education reform process currently underway.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy drives research excellence and collaboration between 35,000 researchers, government and industry to deliver practical outcomes.
The Australian Government has committed $243.8 million over four years from 2014-15 to 2017-18 to assist over 3000 schools to engage the services of a school chaplain. Consistent with the Government’s election commitment the National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) aims to support the emotional wellbeing of students through the provision of pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.
The National Partnerships for Low Socio-economic Status School Communities, Literacy and Numeracy and Improving Teacher Quality ran from 2009 to 2013. The National Partnership Agreements, Bilateral Agreements and Implementation Plans are available on the federal financial relations website.
Internationally and in Australia, evidence emphasises the advantages of school autonomy as part of a comprehensive strategy for school improvement. The Australian Government recognises that school leaders and communities are best-placed to know and understand the needs of their schools, and that giving schools more control of local decision-making is one of the key ways to drive improved student outcomes.
There is a clear link between getting a year 12 certificate (or equivalent qualification) and improved social and economic outcomes for all young people. The Australian Government recognises the importance of education and training and is encouraging young people to complete school and successfully transition to further education, training or work.
The Australian Government is committed to achieving better results for Indigenous Australians in three priority areas - getting children to school, adults into work and building safe communities.
The National Youth Affairs Research Scheme was a cooperative funding program between the Australian Government and state and territory governments which ended in 2016.
Teacher effectiveness is critical to the future of young Australians and research shows that teachers have the greatest in-school influence on student engagement and achievement. The Australian Government recognises and appreciates the complex role of the teacher, and the significant responsibility they have in educating and preparing children to lead successful and productive lives.
The My School website provides profiles for Australian schools, including information on school programs and culture, workforce, academic performance, funding sources, student characteristics and enrolment and attendance rates.
Parents, teachers, principals and the community can search profiles of almost 10,000 Australian schools.
The Australian Curriculum provides teachers and parents with a clear understanding of what needs to be covered in each school subject from Foundation to Year 10.