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Joanna Gash MP Member for Gilmore

8 May 2005


The Australian Government has made a commitment to values in schools.

Member for Gilmore, Joanna Gash said the Australian Government’s new Values Education Programme has a crucial role to play in the education process.

“Education is as much about character building as it is about transferring skills and knowledge,” Mrs Gash said.

“We’re talking about putting the things that make us better people at the forefront of education. The values that help people make life decisions at school, at work and at play.

“The programme is designed to embed the most attractive human characteristics, like the idea of a fair go, honesty and trustworthiness, in our young people.”

The Australian Government is providing almost $30 million for values education initiatives in government and non-government schools over the next for years.

The initiatives include values forums in every school, clusters of schools implementing good practice approaches, the development of a values education website and curriculum resources.

“The program will make sure comprehensive values education is at the heart of Australian schools curriculum,” Mrs Gash said.

The National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools highlights nine values for Australian schooling: Care and Compassion, Doing Your Best, Fair Go, Freedom, Honesty and Trustworthiness, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility and Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion.

Schools are now able to apply to participate in Stage 1 of the Values Education Good Practice Schools Project, with further information available from our office or at