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Rural and regional education – your chance to make changes

The Commonwealth Government is currently conducting its Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education which seeks community ideas and involvement to improve the education and preparation of country youth for the future.

Stakeholder consultations are being held in Guyra, Armidale, Narrabri and Dubbo in the coming week where review leader Professor John Halsey will meet interested parties face-to-face.

The review will investigate curriculum and assessment, teachers and teaching, leaders and leadership, schools and community, diversity in schools and transitioning out of school and how these aspects can be improved for rural and regionally schools. The public consultations are key to developing recommendations to be tabled by the Government by the end of 2017.

The review has been welcomed by Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, whose daughter Claire – current Chair of the NSW Nationals Women’s Council – started her career in teaching.

“This forum is an important opportunity for residents of the Electorate of Parkes to have our say on an important array of educational issues,” he said.

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said now that the Nationals-Liberal Government had delivered a true model of needs-based funding for Australian schools, he was determined to ensure all schools were armed with the best information to put this record funding to the most effective use possible.

“The inquiry is particularly keen to hear from members of the education community, families, employers, government agencies and the philanthropic sector about how best we can support regional, rural and remote students to succeed in school and beyond,” Minister Birmingham said.

“If you have firsthand experience on what’s working, fresh ideas or innovative solutions to improve regional, rural and remote education, we want to hear from you.”

Working from the hundreds of public submissions, Professor Halsey will take these findings to the public in a series of regioanl forums taking place in:

  • Guyra on Monday 18 September 10.30 – 12 noon
    Address: Guyra Central School, 27 Marne St, Guyra NSW 2365
  • Armidale on Monday 18 September from 2 pm – 4 pm
    Address: Armidale Bowling Club, 92-96 Dumaresq St, Armidale NSW 2350
  • Narrabri on Tuesday 19 September 10.30 – 1.30 pm
    Address: The Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri NSW 2390
  • Dubbo on Wednesday 20 September 11 – 1 pm
    Address: Dubbo College – senior campus, lecture theatre block C, Tony McGrane Place Dubbo NSW 2830

The Commonwealth Government is also calling for public submissions into the state of public education more broadly as part of their Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools. 

Led by David Gonski, the review aims to boost student outcomes by matching student, teacher and parent feedback with the increased funding made available by the Government's record spend on needs-based funding, going back to the original landmark recommendations of the Gonski Report. To make a submission, please visit the website

Light refreshments will be provided at the regional forums. Please RSVP by COB Thursday 14 September 2017 to

To view the discussion paper, please visit

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