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ACARA is responsible for a national curriculum (K-12), a national assessment program, national data collection and reporting.
Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority
ACECQA oversees the National Quality Framework (NQF). The NQF establishes higher standards for all education and care services in Australia so children to age 13 years get the best possible start in life. The program sets levels of safety and quality to benefit all children and their families who use approved education and care services. Source: ACECQA website
Early Years Learning Framework
The framework is a key component of the National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care. The EYLF was developed by the Australian and state and territory governments with input from the early childhood sector and early childhood academics. It has incorporated feedback from a consultation process, including two national symposiums, national public consultation forums, focus groups, an online forum and case-study trials. Source: Australian Government : Department of Education website
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides national leadership for the Australian, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership. Source: AITSL website
The National Assessment Program
The National Assessment Program is run at the direction of the Education Council. It includes:
•the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
•three-yearly NAP sample assessments in science literacy, civics and citizenship, and information and communication technology (ICT) literacy
•international sample assessments.
Source: NAP website
Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is a statutory body of the Queensland Government. We provide Kindergarten to Year 12 syllabuses, guidelines, assessment, reporting, testing and certification services for Queensland schools.
The QCAA was established on 1 July 2014, replacing the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA). Source: QCAA website
Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)
The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) is a Queensland government statutory authority, established in January 2006. (Source: QCT website)
Its purpose is to regulate, enhance and promote the teaching profession in Queensland in the best interests of the public and the profession.
The Department of Education and Training was established to engage Queenslanders in life long education and training and to build a strong arts and cultural sector which enriches the lives of Queenslanders. Source: EQ website
Early Childhood Education and Care
Early Childhood Education and Care is responsible for:
•approving, licensing and regulating early childhood education and care services in Queensland
•funding services to support the early childhood education and care of Queensland children
•driving national early childhood education and care reforms in Queensland including: ◦National Quality Framework
◦Universal access to early childhood education
◦Indigenous early childhood development
•promoting successful transitions from home to early childhood education to school, for children and families
•Investing in evidence-based programs to support early learning and development.
Source: ECEC website
Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)
Membership of Independent Schools Queensland is voluntary, and is open to any accredited Non-State School in Queensland. Schools pay an annual per-capita subscription. Vision - A strong and vibrant independent school sector offering choice, diversity and excellent educational outcomes. Source: ISQ website.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission
The Commission is a 16 member body with certain state-wide responsibilities in respect of Catholic schools which are administered by five Diocesan education authorities and a number of Religious Institutes of Queensland.
The Commission's principal goal is the co-ordination and advancement of Catholic education in Queensland. (Source: QCEC website)
Brisbane Catholic Education
Brisbane Catholic Education administers 137 schools within the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Lutheran Education Queensland
The Secretariat of the Queensland Lutheran Schools Department is a support structure for the schools, colleges, child care centres and kindergartens within the Queensland Lutheran Schools system, in their mission of Christian education.
Statutory Bodies - Curriculum links
This new set of guiding principles for Education in Australia, the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration, was endorsed by all Ministers of Education on December 12, 2019.
Mparntwe (pronounced M-ban tua) is the Arrernte name for Alice Springs. The Aboriginal Arrernte (pronounced arrunda) peoples are the traditional custodians of Alice Springs and the surrounding region. (Source: The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration).
Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians
On 5 December 2008, State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers of Education meeting as the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, released the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians which sets the direction for Australian schooling for the next 10 years.
The Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century published by the Education Council sets out three major goals of State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers of Education aimed at improving schooling outcomes for Australian children in social, cultural and economic terms; goal 3.3 relates specifically to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; goal 3.4 relates to the teaching of Indigenous studies.(Source: National Library of Australia catalogue record.)
Note: The Hobart Declaration (1989) is provided in full below for historical reference only. It was superseded in April 1999 by The Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century which in turn has been superseded by the December 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.
The Education Act
This PDF file is a step by step guide to searching the Austlii database to find the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006. This Act is an essential part of the discourse of Education as it determines how things happen in Queensland schools.
Issues in Brief
Resources at ACARA
ACARA has developed the following information resources for the Australian Curriculum:
Learning Area Information Sheets
A brochure providing an overview for general audiences
A presentation on the Australian Curriculum
Smart Classrooms Placemats: Teaching and learning with ICT Parts 1-3
Print and use as a desk placemats for practical ideas to support teaching and learning using standard laptop software; online tools, resources and environments; teaching and learning in a digitally rich environments.
Digital Practice Guide
Designed for Education support staff to reflect on the ways in which they engage with students working digitally.
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Blue Card Services
The blue card system:
◾is a key prevention and monitoring system of people working with children and young people in Queensland
◾aims to minimise the risks of harm to children and young people by contributing to the creation of safe and supportive environments, and
◾is founded on the principle that all children have a fundamental right to be protected from harm.
Source: Blue Card Services website
My School is a resource for parents, educators and the community to give readily accessible information about each of Australia’s just over 10,000 schools and campuses. Source: My School website