National Report on Schooling in Australia 2009

Welcome to the National Report on Schooling in Australia 2009, the annual national report on school education of the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA).

The report provides a range of information on schooling in Australia in 2009 but its main focus is to report on progress in 2009 towards the Educational Goals for Young Australians and the Commitment to Action for achieving them across eight interrelated areas announced by Australian Education Ministers in the Melbourne Declaration of December 2008.
A four-year plan, released in March 2009, outlines the key strategies and initiatives that Australian governments will undertake in each of these eight areas to support the achievement of the educational goals over the period 2009 to 2012. The plan is aligned with relevant work of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Key COAG and other national agreements, in particular the National Education Agreement (NEA), have formed the basis of the plan. The plan provides a framework for nationally consistent, collaborative activities in education, including relevant COAG initiatives.
Under the NEA, which came into effect in January 2009, all governments agreed to streamlined and consistent reports on national progress including the continued publication of an annual national report on the outcomes of schooling in Australia (this report).
The report addresses the eight areas specified in the Commitment to Action and four-year plan. It describes the national policy context for school education in Australia, outlines nationally agreed policy initiatives and reports against nationally agreed key performance measures.
This report has been compiled by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) on behalf of MCEECDYA.

Download report (except Part 9, Additional Statistics) as PDF (5.4 MB)

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Report published: 14 December 2011
Revision: 10 April 2012. Report revised to include Part 7: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (including Additional Statistics Tables 49 to 60).