The Australian Education Act 2013, which commenced on 1 January 2014, provides the basis and conditions for Commonwealth funding for schools. It also provides needs-based funding to support reform objectives and ensures strong accountability for school outcomes.
The first payments to approved authorities under the Australian Education Act 2013 were made on 6 January 2014. As at the end of June 2014, a total of $6.7 billion had been provided to Australia’s approximately 9400 schools.
There has been progress towards the
COAG target of 90 per cent Year 12 or equivalent attainment by 2015, with the current attainment rate at 86.7 per cent compared to 85.9 per cent in 2012–13.
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership promoted the Government’s national policies to lift the quality and status of the teaching profession through its work in promulgating professional standards, teacher performance development processes and accreditation of teacher education courses.
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability was implemented in 2013, with 20 per cent of schools participating. It is anticipated that all schools will submit data in 2015, providing the first complete national picture of students with disability and their needs.
A funding loading for students with disability was introduced in 2014 as part of the needs-based funding arrangements contained within the Australian Education Act 2013. It applies to eligible students with disability no matter where they live or which school they attend. Collaborative work is continuing with state and territory government and non-government education authorities to refine these funding arrangements.
On 11 April 2014, education ministers agreed to establish a working group chaired by the department with representation from state and territory governments, other education authorities, the training sector and industry to update the Vocational Education in Schools Framework from 2001. The working group will report to the Education Council in August 2014 and provide an updated framework for endorsement in December 2014.
Under the Trade Training Centres in Schools Programme, a total of 511 centres benefiting 1296 schools have been funded. As at 30 June 2014, 78 centres reported commencing their trade training delivery during 2013–14, bringing the number of operational centres under the programme to 331 and the number of schools with access to a Trade Training Centre to 883.
In March 2014, the final phase of the Safe Schools Hub was released. The website, www.safeschoolshub.edu.au, is the digital home of the National Safe Schools Framework, providing a comprehensive range of high-quality digital information and resources on safe school and student wellbeing issues for teachers, students, parents and professionals.
The presentation night for the National Youth Awards was held in Canberra on 10 April 2014. The presentation celebrated the achievements of young people from across Australia.