New England residents to have their say in regional education review

12 Sep 2017

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Minister for Education and Training
Senator for South Australia


Deputy Prime minister

Member for New england


Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, is urging residents to have their say on local education issues as part of an independent review into regional, rural and remote education in Australia.


Mr Joyce said the review, led by Emeritus Professor John Halsey of Flinders University, will consider the challenges, barriers and successes that impact on students’ education outcomes, including transition to further study, training and employment.


“A public forum is being held in Armidale on 18 September and I encourage everyone with an interest in the educational outcomes of students in the New England Electorate to get involved,” Mr Joyce said.


“This forum is an important opportunity for residents of New England to have our say on an important array of educational issues.”


Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said now that the Turnbull 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.”

Professor Halsey’s forum will be held in Armidale on Monday 18 September at the Armidale Bowling Club, 92-96 Dumaresq St, from 2pm – 4pm.


Regional forums run until November 2017 and include meetings with state and territory education authorities and peak stakeholder groups.


Professor Halsey is expected to deliver his report to the Government by the end of the year.


For further information about the independent review into regional, rural and remote education visit:


Online submissions to the review can be made up until 5.00 PM AEST Tuesday, 29 August 2017.


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