Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains : intellectual, creative, social and physical. Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance. 1
This descriptor is linked to Gagne’s work as in this document and demonstrated in his Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent with a linked video. Other models are also noted in the document listed above.
Within the Australian system, gifted education can be found with individual students on special programs, within individual classrooms, in specialist classrooms such as OC Classes in NSW, in selective high schools, in specialist high schools, curriculum differentiation, through early entry to schooling and through accelerated progression once within the system.
No individual method is best for all students. Gifted children are individuals and learn best in different ways and situations. They should be matched with the best system possible for them. If this can be done, then there should be maximum achievement and pleasure with their learning.
This page looks at Gifted programs, system support, associations, support groups and other information for all Australian states & Territories plus other Australian information.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
One group considered for this is Gifted and Talented children.
- Early Entry Gifted Talented Children Procedure
Overview and flowchart of steps. Updated in 2017.
- Gifted and Talented Education
Overview and frequently asked questions. Fact Sheet.
- Gifted and Talented - Myths and Facts
- Gifted and Talented Students
Policy document for ACT schools.
New South Wales
- Aurora College
‘We are the NSW Virtual Selective High School, providing students in rural and remote areas the chance to study specialist subjects using the latest technology. Selective high schools cater for gifted and talented students who have superior to very superior academic ability which is matched by exceptionally high classroom performance’.
- Gifted Families Support Group
‘Run solely by volunteers, GFSG Inc. focuses on bringing together ‘like-minds’, providing a vast array of supportive events and highlighting the needs of gifted children within our community’.
- Gifted and Talented Policy
- New South Wales Primary Schools with Opportunity C
Classes for Gifted and Talented students in Years 5 and 6 in some government schools in NSW. A full listing is provided. Scroll down to the Opportunity classes link. Also check the Resources for Schools.
- Gifted and Talented Secondary
Yahoo! Group site.
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- Policy and Implementation
Strategies for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students
This is the major document with a second document which outlines some of the strategies that can be used.
- Selective High Schools
‘Providing an educationally enriched environment for highly achieving, academically gifted students.’ Scroll down for a Departmental listing. Also check the Resources for Schools.
High Schools and Opportunity Classes
‘NSW public schools offer a range of opportunities for gifted and talented students including opportunity classes and selective high schools’. This section covers Key Dates, Policy, Student experience and more.
- Sydney Catholic
Schools Gifted Education Policy
Nine section document also covering guiding principles, procedures, explanatory notes, appendices and more.
- Gifted Education - Department of
The following can be accessed from this page :
- Gifted Education Guidelines
- Gifted and Talented Education Policy
- Gifted Education Policy Appendices
Appendices 1 to 12, can be downloaded individually from this page.
- Gifted Education Policy, Supporting Document
- Parent Process
Schematic suggesting process for parent recommendation.
- Gifted Education Policy, Supporting Document - Teacher Process
- Other Gifted Education Documents
‘Get a range of gifted and talented education policy documents’. All are available in PDF and .docx formats. Covers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
- The differences between bright and
‘This will help you see where your student or child might fit on the scale between “bright” to “gifted”. Plot your child’s talents along each row of dots’.
Provision to Gifted and Talented Students
Education Queensland policy statement [auto download]. A Supporting Information : Gifted and Talented Student is also available.
- Early [and delayed] entry to Prep
Overview, parent document, more.
- Queensland Academies
‘state schools for highly-capable students in Years 10 to 12’.
- Queensland Government Response to the Evaluation of the Queensland Academies
‘Independent Evaluation of the Queensland Academies [the Evaluation]. A summary of the findings and recommendations is provided’.
Variation to School Age Entry Enrolment
‘Outlines practices associated with approval of variations to school age entry when a child or a student’s ability, aptitude and developmental capabilities suggest that an alternative placement to regular age-based enrolment is required to maximise their learning’. Catholic system, but based on Education Department document.
- Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children
Check Free Information and Resources for documents, literature, associations, websites, more.
- Gifted and Talented Education
Specialised courses and programs, Ignite program, support, IEPs, related information. Select from the options listed on the page.
- Gifted & Talented Children’s Association of SA
- Acceleration of Gifted Students - Procedures
- Early Entry to Kindergarten for Children who are Gifted
This provides information on the Guidelines for this area. You can also access FAQs here.
- Extended Learning for Gifted and Highly Able Students
Overview page which includes several documents including the Early School Entry for Gifted Students Application Form.
- Extended Learning for Gifted Students - Procedures
Document covering these.
- Gifted Students - Checklist for
This provides a checklist for use by parents. It is part of the early entry application form.
- Tasmanian Association for the Gifted Inc.
Contact details, information.
- Gifted Education
Home page for this area. Sections include :
‘This is where your child moves through an education program faster than usual, or starts a program when they’ re younger than usual’.
Early Entry to School
‘Some gifted children may benefit from starting school at a younger age. However, parents need to understand that this is only one way of providing satisfying learning opportunities for a child who may be advanced. If you have questions about the best time for your child to commence school you should discuss this decision with relevant professionals’.
- Making a
Difference for Young Gifted and Talented Children
Includes sections such as Identification of Gifted Children, Teach gifted children and Working with Families.
Selective Entry High Schools
The Schools, How to Apply, Practice Tests, Sitting the Examination, Outcome of the Application.
‘Underachievement is where the potential for high or exceptional ability has not translated into demonstrated outstanding performance or achievement’.
- Gifted Support Network Inc.
‘Supporting families with gifted children in Melbourne’.
- Vic. Association for Gifted & Talented Children
- Gifted and Talented
Portal entry which covers all aspects of this area.
- Academic Programs
- Application Process
‘All students applying for Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs must sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test’.
- Arts Programs
‘Children have the opportunity to shine in these innovative and challenging arts programs’.
- Gifted and Talented Policies
- Languages Programs
‘Children with an aptitude for learning new languages have the opportunity to develop their language skills to an advanced level, develop an appreciation and understanding of culture and enjoy a dynamic and challenging learning environment’.
- Presentations for Parents
‘Information for Parents. Gifted and Talented Selective Entrance to Secondary Schools and Programs. Application, selection and placement’.
- Primary Extension and Challenge [PEAC]
‘A part-time withdrawal program for upper primary school Year 5 and 6 students in public schools’.
- Selective Schools
‘Programs are offered at a fully selective academic school and a selective arts college’.
- Students from Country WA
‘Children who wish to participate in a Gifted and Talented Academic, Arts or Languages Secondary Selective Programs have access to a range of options including Selective Academic Program Online, regional school [Bunbury Senior High School] and a residential college’.
- WA Gifted & Talented Children’s Association
‘Serves gifted and talented children, their parents and their teachers’.
- Born to Soar
‘Born to Soar provide educational learning opportunities for gifted students through Centres for Gifted and Talented [One Day Schools] currently located in Melbourne, reaching gifted students across Australia and Asia and professional learning for teachers in gifted education’.
- Directory of Schools for Gifted Children in Australia
‘Schools listed here have been nominated by one of our members as being relevant to providing effective programs for gifted children’.
- Gifted and Talented Children [Kidspot]
‘Defining a gifted and talented child and the Characteristics of gifted children. If you think that could be your child, what should you do next ?’
‘Providing support to parents of gifted children and their families, gathering and disseminating information about raising and educating gifted children, and promoting the needs of these families within the community’.
- Gifted Education : GERRIC
Gifted and talented education from a group at the University of New South Wales. News, resources, information for parents, teachers, students.
- Gifted Resources
Based in Western Australia. Extensive catalogue that can be sorted in multiple ways. Additionally, the following Resources for Parents" have been compiled by the AAEGT.
- Gifted Services
Annotated links to other sites, particularly in Australia.
- Kids Like Us
‘Striving to raise awareness and support within the Australian education system for the modifications twice-exceptional students require’.
- REACH Education Consultancy
We know it is based in New Zealand ! ‘REACH Education Consultancy is an agency created specifically to support schools in working successfully with gifted learners.’ Of most interest might be their Online Course, “Certificate in Effective Practice in Gifted Education”, already used by some Australian teachers as a professional development course.
1. Gifted and Talented, Gateways, 7 November 2016. Web. 7 November 2016.