Outcome 2 priorities

  • Amending the Australian Education Act 2013 and associated regulations to ensure that state and territory governments and non-government systems and schools retain responsibility for their schools, with consultation starting with stakeholders in April 2014.
  • Increasing attainment and successful transitions of young Australians to meet the COAG target of 90 per cent Year 12 or equivalent attainment by 2015.
  • Ensuring that mainstream schools policy, programmes and service delivery contribute to improvements in outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • Supporting the Review of the Australian Curriculum being undertaken by Professor Ken Wiltshire AO and Dr Kevin Donnelly. The review is looking at both curriculum development and implementation.
  • Commissioning research on ways to encourage more secondary students to continue foreign school language education in Years 11 and 12 to support the Government’s commitment to increasing language learning in schools. This research is expected to be completed in the second half of 2014.
  • Delivering programmes to support the quality of teaching in Australian schools, including supporting the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
  • The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group was established in February 2014 to provide advice on how teacher education can be improved to better prepare new teachers with the practical skills needed for the classroom. The advisory group will consider pedagogical approaches, subject content and professional experience (practicum). It will present a final report later in 2014.
  • Working with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority and the state and territory governments to deliver 2014 National Assessment Programme—Literacy and Numeracy test results earlier to teachers and parents. As a result, teachers and parents will be able to take timely and targeted action to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of young people.
  • The $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative is available to provide funding to state and territory governments to increase the autonomy and independence of government schools. The Government is committed to working with state and territory governments to improve the capability of principals and school leaders to respond to local school needs, and to increase parental engagement and involvement in schools.
  • Supporting the completion of committed Trade Training Centres and Trades Skills Centres in priority areas, completing infrastructure against agreed construction schedules and developing tools to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of centres to ensure they achieve programme objectives.
  • Supporting the Government-appointed Planning Group to deliver the Youth 20 ( Y20) Summit in alignment with the Group of 20 ( G20) agenda during Australia’s G20 presidency in 2014.