The Australian Government has launched a wide-ranging review of school and post-school education opportunities for regional and remote students.
Parents and other key groups are being urged to contribute their views to the national discussion by making a written submission or taking part in face-to-face consultations.
Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals Barnaby Joyce said the review, which is being led by Emeritus Professor John Halsey of Flinders University, would be critical in addressing the key barriers and challenges that impact on the educational outcomes of regional, rural and remote students.
“The Coalition Government’s independent comprehensive review into equity of education access for rural and regional students will seek fresh ideas and fresh thinking to bridge the divide,” Minister Joyce said.
Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham said regional education needed to be looked at as a “complete puzzle” and not as separate school, higher education and training sectors.
“This review will look at education from school entry to job success and how we can improve results for rural and regional people,” Minister Birmingham said.
According to data released by the Minister, about one third of regional and remote students do not complete Year 12 or an equivalent unit of study with that number rising to almost two thirds of very remote students.
Regional and remote students also make up only 18.8 percent of domestic undergraduate students at universities, well below their population share of 26.4 percent.
Professor Halsey will present his final report and recommendations to the Government by the end of 2017.
Click here for more information on the review and how to contribute your views.