National Report on Schooling in Australia 2011
National initiatives and achievements
This section outlines the key national strategies designed to address the Commitment to Action in the Melbourne Declaration and identified in the MCEETYA four-year plan 2009–2012¹, together with initiatives for education agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), in particular through the National Education Agreement (NEA). It also reports on the implementation of these initiatives in 2011. National initiatives are defined as those in which States, Territories and the Australian Government are working together, at a national level, to progress their joint commitments.
Jurisdictions are also committed to progressing work towards the educational goals for young Australians and COAG targets and indicators specified in the NEA on an individual basis. Information on the implementation of programs within jurisdictions is available on State and Territory education authority websites.
¹ The Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) replaced the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) in July 2009. The (COAG) Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) replaced MCEECDYA as the Ministerial Council with responsibility for schooling in Australia in January 2012.