Call for local submissions in regional education review

 Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging residents across the Townsville region to have their say on local education issues as part of an independent review into regional, rural and remote education.

 Senator Macdonald 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 the transition to further study, training and employment.

 “There’s no doubt there are unique challenges that face young people living in regional and remote areas, ranging from access to education, to opportunities for further study and training to prepare them for the workforce, so it’s important that people living in these areas provide feedback,” Senator Macdonald said.

 While online submissions to the review close today at 5.00pm (29 August), community forums are also being planned in Townsville, Charters Towers and Innisfail during the week beginning October 2.

 Specific times and locations are expected to be made available in coming days on the Department of Education’s website at

 “These forums offer an ideal opportunity for residents of surrounding areas to have their say on an important array of educational issues,” Senator Macdonald said.

 He said the Inquiry is particularly keen to hear from members of the education community, families, employers, government agencies, and the philanthropic sector about how best to support regional, rural and remote students to succeed in school and beyond.

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

 The regional forums will run until November 2017. Professor Halsey’s report is expected to be delivered to the Government by the end of the year.

 For more information on the review, visit

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