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Australian Education Bill 2013

2010-2011-2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Education Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

(Education, Employment and Workplace Relations)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act in relation to school education and reforms relating to school education, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              3

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 3

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 3

3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 3

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

Part 2—Improving the performance of schools and school students      5

5............ Improving the performance of schools and school students................ 5

6............ Developing a national plan.................................................................. 5

7............ Reform directions for the national plan............................................... 5

8............ Developing benchmarks and supporting improvement....................... 7

9............ School funding.................................................................................... 7

Part 3—Miscellaneous                                                                                                          9

10.......... Act does not create legally enforceable obligations etc........................ 9

11.......... Regulations......................................................................................... 9

 



A Bill for an Act in relation to school education and reforms relating to school education, and for related purposes

Preamble

                   The Parliament of Australia acknowledges the following matters.

                   All students in all schools are entitled to an excellent education, allowing each student to reach his or her full potential so that he or she can succeed and contribute fully to his or her community, now and in the future.

                   The quality of a student’s education should not be limited by where the student lives, the income of his or her family, the school he or she attends, or his or her personal circumstances.

                   The quality of education should not be limited by a school’s location, particularly those schools in regional Australia.

                   It is essential that Australian schooling be of a high quality and be highly equitable in order to create a highly skilled and successful workforce, strengthen the economy, and increase productivity, leading to greater prosperity for all.

                   If Australia is to be a prosperous nation with a high standard of living in the 21st century, the performance of Australia’s schools, and school students, must continuously improve, particularly as school performance in countries around the world and in Australia’s region is also improving.

                   It is also essential that Australian schooling provide school students with opportunities to engage with Australia’s region. Through this engagement, Australia can maximise economic, cultural and social opportunities during the Asian century.

                   To address these matters, future arrangements will be based on the needs of Australian schools and school students, and on evidence of how to provide an excellent education for school students. These arrangements will build on successful reforms to date.

                   Schools will also need to adopt the opportunities offered by digital education and new evidence-based methods of teaching and learning.

                   Strong partnerships across the broader community are necessary to support all school students, including partnerships between teachers, parents and families, and employers.

                   As Australia’s schools are diverse, the Australian Government will recognise the role of the Governments of the State and Territories, non-government education authorities, other partners and schools in delivering school education, and work with them to support and lift the performance of schools and school students.

The Parliament of Australia enacts: