National’s Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie today joined with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Education Minister Simon Birmingham to announce a comprehensive review of regional education.
Senator McKenzie said the aim of the review to be led by Professor John Halsey of Flinders University is to identify and address key barriers and challenges that impact on educational outcomes in regional, rural and remote areas.
“My regional colleagues and I have worked towards today’s announcement for the past two years as well as holding forums and consulting with regional educationalists.
“I believe this review, an election commitment by the coalition, will provide the blueprint for further work in the area. Professor Halsey is a perfect fit to head the review which will be of great benefit to all regional students,” Senator McKenzie said,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Your postcode should not matter and should never determine your educational opportunities.
“This issue has been a problem in this country for many years, it is time, in the 21st century, that we actually solve it,” Senator McKenzie said.
As part of the review, there will be a call for submissions from interested parties and face to face consultations with key stakeholders, including representatives from the education community, families, employers and employer groups, relevant government agencies and the philanthropic sector.
“This is a significant step forward by the federal government in looking at some of the challenges and barriers that impact on the learning outcomes of regional, rural and remote students.
“It will look at education from school entry to job success and how we can improve results for regional students.
“Professor has had extensive experience in regional education and understands the unique challenges faced by regional students.
“I believe his review will come up with solutions to better support students in school and beyond,” Senator McKenzie said.
A discussion paper and online platform for public submissions will be available from next month. Media Release Senator Bridget McKenzie Senator for Victoria
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University completion rates – 18.3% of 25-34 year olds from remote and very remote areas
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