Better outcomes, more opportunities for South West students

The Turnbull Government has accepted all 11 recommendations of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education (IRRRRE), committing to a whole of government approach to improve the education opportunities outcomes of country kids.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said by accepting all of Professor Halsey’s recommendations, the Government is putting the education needs of South West student’s front and centre.

“All students deserve a quality school education regardless of where they live,” Mrs Marino said.

“While there are many great school communities throughout the South West, the educational outcomes and transitions to further study, training and employment of local students has often lagged behind those of students from metropolitan centres.

“Thank you to all of those in the community who took the time to contribute to the review and share their ideas and experiences about how best we can support South West students to succeed in school and beyond.”

The Turnbull Government’s response includes:

– The creation of an extra 500 sub-bachelor places at regionally based higher education institutions, and an additional 500 Commonwealth supported bachelor places for students at the Regional Study Hubs we’re establishing and maintaining. Applications for the Regional Study Hubs are open until 5pm 27 July.

– Improved access to Youth Allowance by lifting the parental income cut-off for the ‘workforce participation’ independence criterion for regional students from $150,000 to $160,000, and by a further $10,000 for each additional child in the family.

– Tackling the information and communications technology challenges some students face outside of our major cities by ensuring every student can take advantage of remote learning opportunities that suit their needs.

The full report and official government response are available at education.gov.au/independent-review-regional-rural-and-remote-education