Education in Remote and Complex Environments Inquiry

Recently the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training adopted an inquiry referred by the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, to inquire into and report on the education of students in remote and complex environments.

Committee Chair, Mr Andrew Laming MP, says the inquiry will examine the performance of the Australian education system in remote and regional areas, its territories and in complex circumstances like drought and post-natural disaster.

Areas of interest include:

  • small remote schools; particularly in challenging areas like the tri-state area of central Australia;
  • career counselling of remote students and means of connecting them to further education or local employment;
  • challenges faced by regional schooling providers and initiatives in place;
  • how families of vulnerable young children can access, enrol and remain in early learning, and the collaboration between early and primary education;
  • the performance and monitoring of those in home schooling to maintain national minimum standards; and
  • access and support to deliver the Australian Curriculum (including STEM) in a flexible way, to meet local learning needs and interests of remote students, including examples of innovative ways in which the curriculum is being delivered in remote schools.

The Committee is inviting submissions by 14 February 2020.

Full details of the Inquiry, including the Terms of Reference, Can be found on the Committee website here.

Schools wanting to contribute to a CSA submission should contact our Director of Public Policy, Mark Spencer.