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January 22, 2019

Have a say about regional, rural and remote education

Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is encouraging all Indi residents with an interest in education to have a say and inform the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy.

Full details of the questions and information on making a submission are at https://docs.education.gov.au/documents/national-regional-rural-and-remote-education-strategy-framing-paper

The Regional Education Expert Advisory Group, headed by former Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine, is seeking responses to a series of questions focused on practical steps the Federal Government could take to improve tertiary education access and attainment by those living in rural and regional Australia.

Responses close at 5pm on Friday, 1 February 2019 and should be emailed to regionalstrategy@education.gov.au.

Ms McGowan said the questions posted by the Regional Education Expert Advisory Group covered five major challenges for those students living in regional, rural and remote Australia.

“There are fewer study options available to these students and when forced to relocate to metropolitan areas or larger regional centres, they face significant financial, emotional and social hardship,” Ms McGowan said.

“A national strategy should be focused on raising aspirations for tertiary education among regional, rural and remote students; and it should also address how to support students who experience multiple forms of disadvantage.

“We also need to explore how tertiary education providers might further stimulate economic growth in regional, rural and remote areas; and how the national strategy can be implemented and monitored.”

The consultations will inform the development of an interim report by the Regional Education Expert Advisory Group, due at the end of March 2019, with a final report due at the end of June 2019.

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