Book Chapter

Improving national policy processes in Australian schooling

G Savage

Educating Australia: Challenges for the decade ahead | Melbourne University Press | Published : 2017


The period since the mid-2000s has seen unprecedented shifts towards the development of national reforms in Australian schooling, including the formation of a national curriculum, standardised national assessments in literacy and numeracy, national standards for teachers and principals, and a revised national model of school funding. These policy shifts have been supported by major intergovernmental initiatives and agreements, including the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008), the National Education Agreement (2008) and various 'national partnerships' established through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).