The ACT Government have delivered a media release outlining the changes that have been made as of 1 July.
Government Policy and Policy Activities
The 2017-18 ACT Budget was delivered on Tuesday 6 June the ACT Treasurer. The Youth Coalition's media release and initial response to the ACT Budget is now available to read below.
The ACT Government is inviting the public to register for a new consultation regarding what they want and need education in the ACT to be and do for the future of education in the ACT. The ACT Government is committed to providing the best possible education for every child and young person, regardless of their background or circumstances. This conversation will draw together the current education reforms under one action plan that acknowledge enhanced equity as a constant focus.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, the Australian Government has announced a $138 million Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education package.
The package includes investments in scholarships, positive engagement in school and in academic success. It also assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to study and secure jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
In December 2016 the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) provided a comprehensive Budget Submission for the ACT Government’s consideration. This submission reviewed all the government’s election commitments and aligned them with the Community Shared Statement and our ACT Budget priorities for 2017-18. These commitments were separated into policy areas including housing, transport, education and health.
On the 28 April, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, welcomed the ACT Government’s announcement of a new trial aimed at reducing rates of incarceration among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
During the 12-month trial, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service will work with families to design tailored plans encompassing health, housing and education needs to reduce recidivism.
The Australian Government have released a policy statement on Multiculturalism since 2011.
The Education Directorate is currently undertaking a structured evaluation of support for students with disability in Canberra public schools.
A Discussion Paper has been developed to provide background on the current policies, programs and supports in place for students with disability in Canberra public schools which you can find attached.
An online questionnaire is open to the whole community. All responses to the questionnaire and written submissions will be considered by the Centre for International Research on Education Systems, at Victoria University.
ASIC, who leads and coordinates the National Financial Literacy Strategy, which sets out a national framework for financial literacy work in Australia, have launched a free mobile app called – First Business by ASIC's MoneySmart – to support young Australians starting a small business. First Business was developed by ASIC in collaboration with the Australian Taxation Office, to assist young people considering going into business for themselves.
Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, and Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Zed Seselja, announced that the extension would provide $23 million in funding to enable Reconnect providers to continue delivering their services.