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Education Policy

All educational organisations maintain a body of policies be they administrative, teaching, human resource, legal or some other type. Combined, they help create the effective operation of educational institutions and the effectiveness of the learning which occurs in them.

Such policies do not simply appear. They are created following reviews of existing processes and procedures and usually following some level of research locally, within the wider Australia setting or internationally. In many cases, people have opportunities for input prior to any final deliberations. International information is also becoming more widely accessible and used. Most major policies follow reports coming from reviews and related research.

Most reports, research data and policies are now easily accessible either online or in a format that is able to be downloaded for later reference.

This page looks at education policy sources in all states & territories, state & territory specific reviews and reports and further information.

The Second Page looks at special reviews, reports and other documentation from a national perspective. These may be used in policy development in Australia, provide insights into, or linkages with, similar concerns and possible solutions in other countries. Information is also provided about the educational policies of a range of political parties in Australia.

Related pages include Conferences, Education Research, Education Journals.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Reviews and Reports

New South Wales

Reviews and Reports

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Northern Territory

Reviews and Reports

Queensland

Reviews and Reports

  • A Flying Start for Queensland Children
    ‘Our education system is changing for the better. The White Paper - A Flying Start for Queensland Children outlines the major reforms that will impact the future of education in Queensland’. Year 7, Fact Sheets, Information Sessions, Parent & Carer information, Teacher & School information, video, get the White Paper, and more.
  • Reports and Publications
    A master page for reports in HTML or PDF format.
  • Bound for Success
    “Link to Cape York or Torres Strait Education” for information and PDF downloads.
  • Every Day Counts
    ‘Every Day Counts is a statewide initiative addressing the issue of student attendance at school. The initiative is designed to change parent, community and student attitudes to school attendance. It requires the support of both parents and the community if student attendance is to be successfully addressed’. Access a brochure, find research, Guidelines and Improvement Plan [Word documents], fact sheet, posters and postcards.
  • Independent Public Schools
    ‘The Queensland Government is committed to giving state schools greater autonomy in decision making, cutting red tape and removing layers of management to improve outcomes for students. The Independent Public Schools initiative delivers on this commitment’.
  • Key Documents
    Covers Policies, procedures and guidelines, you can download in various formats.
  • Rural and Remote Education Framework for Action
  • Smart Moves
    “Physical Activity Programs in Queensland State Schools”. This is the evaluation summary report.
  • Smart Classrooms
    Initiatives, access documents, get news via feeds and podcasts, plan ahead, … .
  • STEM
    “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and training”. Discussion paper.
  • Supporting Information : Gifted and Talented Students
  • The Queensland Plan
    Education is only one component of this. Input closed on 7 March 2014.
  • Tomorrow’s Schools
    ‘Focuses on modernising our schools that are in need of major renewal, and giving Queenslanders the chance to shape the future of education in their local community’.

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South Australia

  • A-Z Policies
    Applicable & Relevant Legislation, Relevant documents. Department of Education & Child Development.
  • A-Z of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
    Includes Administrative Instructions and Guidelines. Department of Education & Child Development.
  • Policy & Advice
    Association of Independent Schools. Check individual policies from those listed. Both organisational and educational.
  • SACCS Policies & Procedures - Catholic Education
    ‘The following documents, developed by the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools [SACCS], are provided for your information. Click here if you would like to contact us and obtain further information’.
  • The SACE
    ‘The South Australian Certificate of Education was introduced from 2009. For the latest information, visit this page or subscribe to the SACE Board e-news for email updates’.

Reviews and Reports

Tasmania

  • Catholic Education Office, Hobart
    Documents are available in PDF format.
  • Curriculum
    Overview and links for both the Australian and Tasmanian curriculum. Access to several documents
  • Policies A-Z
    Department of Education. Includes DoE Framework, DoE Guideline, DoE Policy, DoE Procedure and DoE Statement listings.

Reviews and Reports

  • Adult Literacy Action Plan 2010-2015
    Its aim is ‘for young people and adults to have the literacy skills they need to fully participate in their family life, the community, learning and employment’. Runs from 2010 to 2015.
  • Annual Reports and Education Performance Reports
    Find a selection of these on this page. Download the Tasmania’s Education Performance Report 2011 as well as previous yearly reports
  • Disability Action Plan
    This is the resulting document for 2008-10.
  • Guaranteeing Futures
    ‘Guaranteeing Futures is the department’s long-term initiative which provides programs and activities to support students in making a successful transition from compulsory schooling to further education, training or employment ’. You can ‘read the Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Guaranteeing Futures legislation’ here.
  • Launching into Learning LiL
    ‘LiL provides resources to schools to develop and lead initiatives with families and their community to support children’s early learning prior to Kindergarten. Schools focus on the needs of their community and make connections with other groups, services and agencies in the area. The Launching into Learning Longitudinal Study 2007-2014 Progress Report 2011 is part of the ongoing longitudinal study of the Launching into Learning [LiL] program’.
  • Linc Tasmania
    ‘LINC Tasmania is a statewide network that gives Tasmanians access to library services, research and information, adult literacy support, community learning, online access, and archive and heritage services’.
  • Reform of Tasmania’s Public VET System
    ‘The report provides recommendations around the current governance, funding and operational arrangements of the public providers of VET as well as the broader VET system in Tasmania’.
  • Strategic Plan 2012-2015
    ‘Structured around the concept Learners, first, connected and inspired, the Plan outlines our vision, mission, key drivers and priorities for the next three years ’.

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Victoria

Reviews and Reports

Western Australia

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Other Information

  • ACER
    Educational research body and testing group in Australia and research on educational policy and implications. Check the Cunningham Library for research assistance.
  • ASPA Policies and Statements
    ‘These documents have been developed by ASPA for use in discussions with the Commonwealth Government, its agencies, and other bodies’.
  • Australian Education Union - Policies
    ‘Covers a wide range of issues. You will find some of our policies in this section’. PDF documents.

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