Terms of Reference for Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education

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The Independent Review into Regional Rural and Remote Education (the Regional Education Review) is considering the key challenges and barriers that affect students' learning outcomes, including transitions toward and success in further study, training, and work.

Terms of reference

Purpose of the review

The Regional Education Review will consider the key ideas, challenges, and barriers that affect the learning outcomes of regional, rural, and remote students.

It will provide recommendations on fresh approaches to support better access and achievement of these students, and their transition to further study, training, and employment.

Scope of the review

The Regional Education Review will investigate:

  • the gap in educational achievement between regional, rural, and remote students and metropolitan students
  • the key barriers and challenges that affect the educational outcomes of regional, rural, and remote students, including aspirations and access issues
  • the appropriateness and effectiveness of current modes of education delivered to regional, rural, and remote students, including the use of information and communications technology, and the importance of providing face-to-face education
  • the effectiveness of public policies and programs that have been implemented to bridge the divide
  • the gaps and opportunities to help students successfully move from school to further study, training, and employment
  • new approaches that support regional, rural, and remote students to succeed in school, and in their transition to further study, training, and employment.

Extensive consultations occurred between July and October 2017 with key stakeholders, including representatives from the education community, families, employers/employer groups, relevant government agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

Final report

The final report is now available.

The Australian Government welcomes the final report and thanks Professor Halsey and all the stakeholders who contributed to the Review.