Updating Australia’s education goals in Sydney

The Morrison Government is working with education stakeholders across the country to renew Australia’s education goals.

A consultation session with leaders from the education sector to update the 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians was held in Sydney today.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan thanked the session participants for their contribution to improving the education of every Australian.

“We are updating the Melbourne Declaration to reflect the changing nature of education, the economy and work,” Mr Tehan said.

“Today I heard principals, teachers, university lecturers and parents talk about their aspirations for the future of Australia’s education system and its students.

“These conversations are vital to ensuring the updated Melbourne Declaration enables Australians to access our world-class education system and reach their full potential.

“We need an education system that meets the needs of every Australian, no matter where they live, and that reflects the demands of our world and economy.

“Fundamental to a successful education system must be a focus on literacy and numeracy, because our students can’t learn and grow if they can’t read, write and count.”

Nine consultations have already been held around Australia, including Tennant Creek, Adelaide and Cabramatta, and more than 150 written submissions have been received from stakeholders.

The updated Melbourne Declaration will create a nationally consistent future direction for Australian education for the next decade.

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