Education Council Meeting – 7 April

The Education Council, consisting of the Commonwealth and State and Territory education ministers, met today to consider options for senior secondary arrangements and university admissions.

The  Council agreed a set of national principles to support local decisions in these areas. The principles are that:

  • Students will be able to achieve a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education this year, and that certificate will facilitate access to university, further education and employment.
  • In consideration of the current situation, any revisions to school assessment programs must be made with students’ best interests in mind and to honour the intent of the learning described in the curriculum.
  • Equity in assessment must be maintained while also providing schools with flexibility to accommodate their unique circumstances, including the specific needs of individual students.
  • Revisions to assessment programs must not compromise the integrity of senior certification and public confidence in the credentials issued to this year’s senior students.

To ensure that students applying for university entry interstate are not disadvantaged, Education Council decided that Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) results will be released in a nationally consistent window of dates beginning in2020. Further announcements regarding specific arrangements will be advised by state and territory governments.

Education Council also endorsed a set of national principles for the consideration of the National Cabinet to support continued delivery of high-quality school education for all students during COVID-19. Details of these principles were not released.

The Communiqué from the meeting is available here.