Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education


Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education

Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education was announced on 2 March 2017 by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, and the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham.

Emeritus Professor John Halsey has been commissioned to conduct the review to examine the challenges faced by regional, rural and remote students regarding their learning outcomes. The review will identify and provide recommendations on innovative and evidence-based approaches to help these students succeed in school and in their transition to further study, training and employment. Further information can be found on our website at

The review is being conducted in consultation with key stakeholders including representatives from the education community, families, employer groups and the philanthropic sector. Interested parties are encouraged to participate in local community forums. An online submission process was also undertaken. This process closed at 5pm AEST Tuesday 29 August 2017.

Professor Halsey will be conducting four community forums and is coming to the Dubbo region

Dubbo on Wednesday 20 September 11 – 1 pm
Address: Dubbo College – senior campus, lecture theatre block C
Tony McGrane Place Dubbo NSW 2830

Professor Halsey is seeking to meet with key stakeholder groups in each of these locations that have experience and/or a role in influencing policies and outcomes for regional, rural and remote students. The forums will provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by these students, but more importantly, policies or initiatives that are having, or could have a positive impact on these students and communities. 

The review is also keen to hear directly from young people. If you are a school or organisation that has contact with young people you may want to encourage them to attend one of the forums to provide their views directly.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to by COB Thursday 14 September August 2017.

To support the review Professor Halsey has released a discussion paper based on nine themes:

  • Curriculum and assessment 
  • Teachers and teaching
  • Leaders and leadership
  • School and community
  • Information and communication technology
  • Entrepreneurship and schools
  • Improving access – enrolments, clusters, distance education and boarding
  • Diversity
  • Transitioning beyond school 

If you have any questions please email the Secretariat at

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