New Commissioner a positive step for regional education
says Catholic secto r
The appointment of Australia’ s f irst Regional Education Commissione r wil l hel p support better outcome s
for regional, rural and remote educatio n, t he National Catholic Education Commission ( NCEC) E xecutive
D irector Jacinta Collin s said today.
As Regional Education Commissioner former Senator Fiona Nash will apply her l ong – term commit ment to
regional Austr alia and oversee the implementation of recommendations from the Nation al Regional.
Rural and Remote Tertiary Education Strategy (the Napthine Review).
Ms Collins said n early 4 0 per cent of the 1,755 Catholic schools were i n regional, rural and remote a reas
“We know that s tudents outside of metropolitan areas are not performing as well as their peers in the
cities, ” M s Collins said.
“2019 NAPLAN data shows that student s in very remote areas are about thre e years behind their peers in
major citie s and it is critical these issues are addressed.
“The C ommissioner’s appointment will bring a greater national focus t o the challenges facing
schools in our r egional, rural a nd remote areas and the educational disadvantage students experien ce.
” These challenges, including addressing t he shortage of teacher s and specialist teachers in regional
area s, were identified in ou r recen t Catholic sector National Regional and Remote Workforc e Strategy
Summi t. ”
M s Collins said the summit focused on recruitment and retention of teacher s, formation and professional
l earning of teacher s and community partnerships to support student learnin g.
” An o ther key challenge facing school co m mu nitie s in regional, rural and remote areas i s th e increasing
need to support student mental health and wellbein g, particularl y over the past two years of the
Ms Collins said she looked forward to working closely with Ms Nash as the NCEC con tinued its advocacy
for the improvement of education policies to b etter support students in regional, rural and remote areas.