Alice Springs Declaration

The Melbourne Declaration has now been replaced by the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration, December 2019. This document has been what we have all been waiting for. The purpose of the document is to set the vision of education in Australia and the shared commitment to improve educational outcomes for young Australians. It is great that many voices were heard in creating the vision:

"Our vision is for a world class education system that encourages and supports every student to be the very best they can be, no matter where they live or what kind of learning challenges they may face”.

The declaration has two distinct but interconnected goals:

  • Goal 1: The Australian education system promotes excellence and equity
  • Goal 2: All young Australians become:
    • Confident and creative individuals
    • Successful lifelong learners
    • Active and informed members of the community

This document highlights the importance of developing stronger partnerships. Parents, carers and families are the first and most important educational influence in a child’s life. Parents have a critical role in early development, including social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical wellbeing. They instil attitudes and values that support young people to access and participate in education and training, and contribute to local and global communities. We thank you for the way our SJV parents work in partnership with us to provide the best learning and wellbeing outcomes for our students.