Australia in the Asian Century | 28 October 2012
- Australia’s school system will be in the top five schooling systems in the world, delivering excellent outcomes for all students of all backgrounds, and systematically improving performance over time.
- By 2025, Australia will be ranked as a top five country in the world for the performance of our students in reading, science and mathematics literacy and for providing our children with a high-quality and high-equity education system.
- By 2015, 90 per cent of young Australians aged 20 to 24 years will have a Year 12 or equivalent qualification, up from 86 per cent in 2010.
- Legislate and deliver the National Plan for School Improvement, in partnership with States and Territories and non-government school authorities. The plan will ensure that school funding meets student needs and additional funding is used to improve students’ results, so that all schools get the funding they need to give students a great education. The plan will improve teacher quality, empower school principals and provide more information to parents and the community.
- Implement, through the National Plan for School Improvement, the Australian Curriculum in partnership with States and Territories and non-government school authorities to upgrade student skills for the Asian century.
- Every Australian student will have significant exposure to studies of Asia across the curriculum to increase their cultural knowledge and skills and enable them to be active in the region.
- All schools will engage with at least one school in Asia to support the teaching of a priority Asian language, including through increased use of the National Broadband Network.
- Fully implement the Australian Curriculum, which includes the cross-curriculum priority of ‘Asia and Australia’s engagement in Asia’. Develop measures to track how Australian students are increasing their knowledge of Asia, in consultation with States and Territories and non-government education authorities.
- Work collaboratively with States, Territories, non-government education authorities and higher education institutions to develop detailed strategies for studies of Asia to become a core part of school education.
- All Australian students will have the opportunity, and be encouraged, to undertake a continuous course of study in an Asian language throughout their years of schooling.
- All students will have access to at least one priority Asian language; these will be Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian and Japanese.
- Ensure that every Australian student has continuous access to high-quality Asian language curriculums, assessment and reporting in priority Asian languages as a core requirement in the new school funding arrangements to be negotiated between the Commonwealth, the States and Territories, and non-government education authorities.
- Lead a collaborative process with States and Territories, non-government education authorities and tertiary education institutions to develop detailed strategies for studies of Asia and Asian language take-up in schools, including through increased use of the National Broadband Network.
- Work with business and the community to increase understanding of the benefits of learning a foreign language and boost demand for language studies.
- Australia will remain among the world’s best for research and teaching in universities, delivering excellent outcomes for a larger number of Australian students, attracting the best academics and students from around the world and strengthening links between Australia and the region.
- By 2020, 20 per cent of undergraduate higher education enrolments will be people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, up from 17 per cent in 2011.
- By 2025, 40 per cent of all 25 to 34-year-olds will hold a qualification at bachelor level or above, up from 35 per cent in 2011.
- By 2025, 10 of Australia’s universities will be in the world’s top 100.
- A larger number of Australian university students will be studying overseas and a greater proportion will be undertaking part of their degree in Asia.
- Progress higher education reform to continue improving the reach, quality, performance and flexibility of Australia’s higher education system, including a strengthening of our international education sector informed by the International Education Advisory Council.
- Work with universities to substantially boost the number of Australian students studying in Asia through closer links with regional institutions, and improve financial support and information for students who study in Asia.
- Support universities to increase the number of students who undertake Asian studies and Asian languages as part of their university education, including through increased use of the National Broadband Network and digital technology.
- Encourage every Australian university to have a presence in Asia and establish an exchange arrangement involving transferable credits with at least one major Asian university.
- Support, through the Australian Research Council and other mechanisms, high-quality research by Australian publicly funded research organisations and strengthen research and teaching links between Australian institutions and those in the region.
Through the vocational education and training system
- Australia will have vocational education and training systems that are among the world’s best, building capability in the region and supporting a highly skilled Australian workforce able to continuously develop its capabilities.
- By 2020, more than three-quarters of working-age Australians will have an entry-level qualification (at the Certificate III level or higher), up from just under half in 2009.
- Australia’s vocational education and training institutions will have substantially expanded services in more nations in the region, building the productive capacity of the workforce of these nations and supporting Australian businesses and workers to have a greater presence in Asian markets.
- Work with States and Territories to implement the new National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform to ensure that more Australians receive higher-quality vocational education and training that responds to industry and student demand.
- Address Australia’s changing skills needs through improved planning, investment and delivery, guided by the new Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, educators and Industry Skills Councils.
- Work with business and Australian industry partners, through regional forums and bilaterally, to build in-country partnerships and to develop complementary skills and qualification assessment and recognition.
- Strengthen networks between Industry Skills Councils, Australian industry and unions, and their counterparts in the region.