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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3562


Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Education, in writing, on 4 December 2008:

In respect of the funding of government and non-government primary schools for 2009-13: (a) is there a requirement for government and non-government primary schools to offer physical education in these funding agreements; if so, how many hours of physical education each week are required to be offered; (b) how many primary schools currently offer two hours of physical education each week; and (c) what proportion of primary schools currently offer two hours of physical education each week.


Ms Gillard (Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   The National Education Agreement was signed on 29 November 2008. Consistent with the new Federal Financial Framework, input controls have been replaced by a strong focus on accountability and transparency measures which correlate more directly to educational outcomes. Responsibility for physical education lies with individual jurisdictions and non-government education authorities. On 5 December 2008, all Australian Education Ministers agreed to embed health and physical education as a learning area in state and territory school curricula. This was undertaken under the auspices of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.

(b)   Information on individual schools is not available. The reporting requirements for this measure were part of an annual certification process by school authorities from the 2006 school year. School authorities were required to notify that they were compliant/not compliant for 2006 and 2007, but information on practice at individual schools (apart from non-government non-systemic schools) was not collected.

(c)   This level of information is not available.