National Education Agenda

The Council of Australian Governments names the following high-level outcomes as key to boosting Australia’s participation and productivity:

  • all children are engaged in and benefiting from schooling;
  • young people are meeting basic literacy and numeracy standards, and overall levels of literacy and numeracy achievement are improving;
  • schooling promotes social inclusion and reduces the educational disadvantage of children, especially indigenous children;
  • Australian students excel by international standards; and
  • young people make a successful transition from school to work and further study.

The new National Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (Melbourne Declaration) reaffirms the importance of national collaboration and promoting high-quality schooling for all Australian students.

It has been developed in parallel with the COAG work.

Key strategies and initiatives across eight inter-related areas include:

  • supporting quality teaching and school leadership (Improving Teacher Quality NP)
  • strengthening accountability & transparency (ACARA- The National Curriculum Board will hand its work to ACARA, which will take on the responsibilities for national curriculum.)
  • strengthening early childhood education (Early Childhood Reform NP)
  • enhancing middle years development (Literacy & Numeracy NP) 
  • promoting world-class curriculum and assessment (National Curriculum, National Assessment Program)
  • improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged youth (Low SES NP)
  • developing stronger partnerships
  • supporting senior years of schooling and youth transitions

 Other key connections