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.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
- ACT Council of Parents
& Citizens’ Associations
This opens to their “Our Policies”.
A listing of educational policies in use by the Department of Education
- Policies &
Canberra/Goulburn Catholic Education Office. Some administrative but many relate to educational matters.
Reviews and Reports
- Publications & Resources
Reports and reviews carried from previous years.
- Every Chance to Learn
Principles, framework, consultation report. PDF and Word formats.
New South Wales
- Catholic Education Commission
Click on “Publications” to access policy and guideline documents.
- New South Wales Board of Studies
- Department of Education & Training Policies
Listing of policies for Schools and other education areas.
- TAFE Policies & Procedures
‘TAFE NSW policies relate to the day-to-day administration of TAFE NSW Institutes’.
Reviews and Reports
- Boys’ and
Girls’ Education Strategy
‘The purpose of the Boys’ and Girls’ Education Strategy is to assist all NSW government schools to undertake a strategic approach to address gender as an educational issue’.
- Great Teaching, Inspired Learning
‘The actions in this paper now form the NSW Government’s blueprint for improving the quality of teaching and learning in our schools. This blueprint sets out the aspirations for all NSW schools. It is not intended to specify detail as to implementation; this is rightly the job of individual school authorities. I am committed to working with the government and non-Government school authorities, NSW teacher education providers and key education stakeholders to turn these aspirations into real actions’.
- Our 15-19 Year Olds : Opportunities and Choice
- Our Middle Years Learners - Engaged, Resilient, Successful
- Our Young Learners : Giving them The Best Possible Start
- Plans, Reports and Statistics
Use the main menu to access Annual Reports, Fast Facts, Statistics and more.
- Ramsey Teacher Review
Review of teachers and teaching.
Access reviews carried out under the direction of the NSW Department of Education and Training. Special research, specific directions, Reports, Statistics and Historical Information.
“Report On the Need to Invest in The Renewal Of The Public School Teaching Service”. Dr Lindsay Connor, for the NSW Teachers Federation.
Now available through the Pandora Archive.
- Policy Guidelines
NT Catholic Education Office.
- Northern Territory Department of Education & Training
Education and corporate policies.
Reviews and Reports
Springs Indigenous Education Strategy
‘Plan on a Page’.
Research guidelines and process.
- The NTIEC Strategic
This ‘was amended in 2011 to be aligned with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan’. Other documents can be found on the NT Indigenous Education Council page.
Education, Brisbane : Policies
Other educational policies are via the Queensland Studies Authority.
- Education Policy and Procedures Register
‘EPPR is the centralised location for departmental policies, procedures, guidelines and other administrative instructions and directives. Includes policies and procedures from International, Non-State and Higher Education, Education Queensland and Corporate and Professional Services’.
- Education Queensland
Scroll down to Policies & Guidelines.
- Queensland Catholic
“Policies & Positions”. Administrative and educational. Also has links to Reports, Annual Reports, Research and more.
- Reports and Papers
From Queensland Studies Authority.
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, … .
“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’.
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 -
‘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
- Using Learning Technologies to Support Learning and Teaching : Stage 2
- Student Academic Engagement Report 2012
- Catholic Education Office, Hobart
Documents are available in PDF format.
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
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
Find a selection of these on this page. Download the Tasmania’s Education Performance Report 2011 as well as previous yearly reports
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 ’.
- Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
Administrative and educational policies.
- Governance Guidelines - Across the
Organisational guidelines & policies for independent schools.
- Multicultural Policy and Guidelines
- Policies and
Policies from the DEECD.
- School Policy and Advisory Guide
‘The School Policy and Advisory Guide [formerly known as the Victorian Government Schools Reference Guide] provides Victorian government schools with quick and easy access to governance and operational policies and advice. It complements the Department’s extensive web resources and directs users to relevant websites and supplementary information’.
- Strategic Plan
Planning in Victorian education.
- Victoria as a Learning Community
‘We are taking the next steps to make Victorian education even better and ensure our schools’ performance matches the best in the world’.
Reviews and Reports
Improvement in Victoria
Compiled by Richard Elmore, Harvard University.
- Inquiry into Vocational Education and Training
Review of the Quality of Training in Victoria’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship System.
Find details and downloads relating to the “e5 Instructional Model”.
- Public Education -
The Next Generation
The Connors Report. Now archived at Pandora.
- Research Publications
Research eLert newsletters, Research?work, conference papers and presentations, other educational research.
- Research Register
‘The Department’s research register is a searchable database of research and evaluation activity in the Department’.
- TAFE Reform Panel
2013. ‘To provide strategic advice to the Government on TAFE business transition plans and advise on opportunities for system-wide efficiencies, with the aim of securing a strong and sustainable TAFE sector in Victoria’.
- Association of Independent Schools of WA
Click on “About AISWA” in the main menu to access their Strategic Plan, governance and services.
- Catholic Education Office of WA
Policy Statements. Curriculum, Planning & Resources, School & Community Operations and Personnel.
- Curriculum Support
Curriculum policies and framework.
- Our Policies
Department of Education & Training.
Reviews and Reports
- Pathways to the Future
‘A Report of the Review of Educational Services for Students with Disabilities in Government Schools.
- Post-Compulsory Education Review Report
‘Our Youth, Our Future’. This link is for Chapters 1 and 2. Chapters 3-6 are found here, Chapters 7-9 here and Chapters 10-Appendices here. All links are for PDF downloads.
- Report of the Ministerial Taskforce …
“On Issues Surrounding Proposed Changes to Post-Compulsory Education. PDF Format.
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Online Curriculum Services, The Vision for ICT in Education
‘The Schools Online Curriculum Services program, provided by the Department of Education and Training, offers a content management and search system, a Web portal and curriculum information management applications’.
‘Research commissioned by the Western Australian College of Teaching into issues relating to the profession’.
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
‘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.