Principals and teachers
The Australian Government’s Quality Schools reforms will make Commonwealth schools funding fair, transparent, equitable and needs-based. It will ensure that students with the same need in the same sector will attract the same level of support from the Commonwealth.
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.
Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning programme (Narragunnawali) supports schools and early learning services across Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
The Department of Education and Training is committed to reconciliation and is proud to support Narragunnawali. This commitment is outlined in the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2017.
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.
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 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.
To ensure Australia’s future prosperity and to remain competitive internationally, the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all Australian students have access to a high-quality education.
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.
Schools Service Point (SSP) is an internet-based system that provides users from non-government school with access to the Department of Education's schools-related data collections, such as:
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 Student Prize has ceased.
To ensure Australia’s future prosperity and to remain competitive internationally, the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all Australian students have access to a high-quality school education through its Students-First approach.
Schools more than 150 kilometres from Canberra may be able to get help from the Australian Government to cover costs of a civics and citizenship education excursion to Canberra.
The Australian Government provides funding for all schools, both government and non-government.
The Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act) is the principal legislation for the provision of this funding. The Australian Education Regulation 2013 (the Regulation) provides more detail to support the operation of the Act. The Act and Regulation were amended in 2014 on 26 November and 11 December respectively. The Post-amendment fact sheet under the Amendments tab in the Guide lists changes arising from these amendments.
The Guide to the Australian Education Act 2013 provides more information about the Act and Regulation.
The Compact with Young Australians was established to help young people get the skills they need to get a job and make a successful transition to further education or training.
The Australian Government provides substantial funding to education authorities to help meet the educational needs of all students, including those with disability. This funding, provided through the Australian Education Act 2013, also helps schools meet their obligations under the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
There are 511 projects funded under the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program. This includes 136 Trades Skills Centres (TSCs). To reflect the Government’s commitment to stronger industry linkages, project funding agreements for TSCs have been enhanced to ensure that industry engagement and collaboration is at the forefront of these projects, along with appropriate student support arrangements.
The Australian Government recognises that schools play a vital role in promoting the social and emotional development and wellbeing of young Australians.
The Australian Curriculum is published online to provide maximum flexibility in how the curriculum can be accessed and organised.
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 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a population measure of how young children in Australia have developedby the time they start their first year of full-time school. The AEDC looks at groups of children in the community, not individuals.
The Australian Government supports the appropriate use of technology in Australian schools to prepare students to learn, train and live in a digital world.
Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships will not be offered for January 2016 and beyond. Funds will be redirected to help offset the funding needed to implement the Government’s response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers, which supports improved languages teaching.
The Australian Government, through the English as a Second Language - New Arrivals Programme, provided funding to Catholic and independent schools to assist migrant students to receive intensive English language tuition.
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 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), part of the National Assessment Program (NAP), is a national assessment that tests students in the domains of reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. NAPLAN testing began in 2008 and is undertaken every year in May by all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
The Australian Government’s Flexible literacy for remote primary schools program supports the improvement of literacy results for children in remote primary schools with the introduction of two alphabetic teaching approaches: Direct Instruction and Explicit Direct Instruction.
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.