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Home > News > Professional Issues > Professional Issues Volume 11 > Independent review into regional, rural and remote education seeking feedback

Independent review into regional, rural and remote education seeking feedback

Students_web_qual.pngThe Federal Government has announced an independent review into regional, rural and remote education which aims to investigate the challenges, barriers and outcomes that characterise student learning in these areas. This presents an opportunity for members to give feedback on what is frustrating their ability to provide quality education to students in these areas. 

Issue snapshot: 

  • An independent review seeks to explore the unique challenges faced by regional, rural and remote students. 
  • Our members, through their professional experience, have the ability to address the real issues by contributing to our union’s submission to the review. 
  • Individual submissions can be made until Tuesday 29 August 2017. 

Students in regional, rural and remote schools will be the focus of an independent review commissioned by the Federal Government to consider the key challenges and barriers that impact on their learning outcomes including transitioning to further study, training and employment.

The review will be led by Emeritus Professor John Halsey from Flinders University and will investigate:

  • The gap in educational achievement between regional, rural and remote students and metropolitan students.
  • The key barriers and challenges that impact on the educational outcomes of regional, rural and remote students, including aspirations and access issues.
  • The appropriateness and effectiveness of current modes of education delivered to these students, including the use of information and communications technology and the importance of face to face regional, rural and remote education provision.
  • The effectiveness of public policies and programs that have been implemented to bridge the divide.
  • The gaps and opportunities to help students successfully transition from school to further study, training and employment.
  • Innovative approaches that support regional, rural and remote students to succeed in school and in their transition to further study, training and employment.

IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said members’ insights into regional, rural and remote education would be invaluable.

“Across Queensland and the Northern Territory, our members know firsthand the characteristics of student learning in these areas. 

“Our members know the real issues affecting regional, rural and remote education and they also know that greater support of their professional judgments will make a difference.

“Members in these areas are faced with unique challenges, and by highlighting factors that are frustrating their efforts to provide quality education to students, there is a greater ability to tackle these challenges,” Mr Burke said. 

Members are encouraged to contribute to our union’s federal submission by emailing IEUA-QNT Research Officer Adele Schmidt at aschmidt@qieu.asn.au.

The discussion paper on key education challenges and issues that impact on the learning outcomes of students in regional, rural and remote communities can be accessed here

Members may also make their own submissions via the online submission form until 5.00 PM AEST Tuesday, 29 August 2017.


Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.